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Anderson seeks School Board seat

Steve Anderson's passion for parental involvement in education continues to burn.

It was the driving force behind his 2008 Red Wing School Board candidacy, and remains the fuel for his current run at the board.

"I want to do what I can so they can get the best education they can," the Red Wing resident said.

Anderson and three others will square off in November for three open School Board seats. This year's election marks the third attempt Anderson has made to win a board seat; he also filed an unsuccessful bid during a 2007 appointment process after former School Board member Jim Lash stepped down.

If elected, Anderson, a project manager with Thomson Reuters, said he would like to tackle the ongoing issue of class sizes.

He said community members have complained to him that since the 2008 referendum passed, they haven't seen new dollars translate into smaller class sizes.

Some classes in the district have up to 39 students, Anderson said.

"That's too many for any teacher," said Anderson, who taught speech and theater for three years in St. Paul.

The 46-year-old said he also is not pleased with the district's decision to house eighth-graders at Red Wing High School. While he did not predict trouble, he said he will seek a more permanent solution as a board member.

"It will be fine," he said. "I just don't think it's the best solution."

Anderson said his experience in the classroom, as a parent and as a youth leader in the community are assets he would bring to the board, if elected.

"I'm a very even-keeled person," he said.