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Wausau School Board Election: Tricia Zunker, Cody Nikolai

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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 Tricia Zunker first ran for a seat in 2018 and is the current President of the school board. Zunker also serves as an Associate Justice of the Ho-Chunk Supreme Court.

Zunker says she continues to advocate for the mental health services for students, ending bullying, and making WSD a premier district.

But as she looks to future, making schools a safe learning environment is crucial.

"Hiring more staff, hiring more teachers, so we can have smaller class sizes. And hire more para-professionals so they can assist classroom teachers to assist learning loss," said Zunker.

Cody Nikolai, MD, is running for seat on the board for a second time. Nikolai ran during last cycle but lacked the votes to be a voice on the board.

Nikolai is an Orthopedic Surgeon in the Antigo area, but calls Wausau home.

His top priority is making WSD serve everyone equally, and feels choice plays an important role.

No matter what type of learning space fits your child's needs.

"Fit the needs of all students. Our charter schools that we have, the Montessori school, to the virtual academies, to allow choice. I think that's important to education, to keep the families happy," said Nikolai.

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 second of several stories highlighting all candidates in the School Board election.

For a look at our other candidates previously featured, click here.

Chase McNamara

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