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Wausau School Board Election: Patrick McKee, Kay Gruling

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- On April 6, voters in Wausau will be selecting four of the seven candidates to serve on the Wausau School District's Board of Education.

Incumbent Patrick McKee is running for his fourth term on the board, and is currently serving as it's Vice President.

McKee says he's dedicated to making WSD the premier district in the area, but his top priority is getting back up to speed after the pandemic interrupted education.

"We had achievement gaps before, they only been exacerbated by the on-goings of the last year. So, I think getting kids back up to their appropriate grade level needs to be priority number one," said McKee.

Kay Gruling, MD, is another candidate vying for a seat. Grueling is a family physician in Wausau, but has a passion for education.

Gruling has worked with the school district in various ways in the past, but says in the times we are in, the presence of a family physician on the board is need now more than ever before.

"As we navigate all these different issues right now, that we have someone with a background in education…as well as someone who can help people understand from a medical standpoint," said Gruling.

Voters will select four candidates on April 6.

Three of them will serve full three-year-terms, one will serve a limited one-year-term.

This is the first of several stories highlighting all candidates in the School Board election.

Chase McNamara

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