SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE: Tempy Bowman, District E |

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE: Tempy Bowman, District E

James Redmond

Tempy Bowman

Tempy Bowman believes in getting involved, not just watching from the sidelines, that's why he's running for re-election to the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School Board this November.

Nearing the end of his first term as the District E board member, Bowman said his time on the board has inspired him, driving him to run again.

"It's been the most rewarding volunteer position I've ever held," he said.

And it's a position he'll get to keep.

“First and foremost the board will have to stress the need for expansion and emphasize the unity of Windsor and Severance.Tempy BowmanDistrict E board member, running uncontested for re-election

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The deadlines for school board candidates to submit their petitions went by at the end of August and only Bowman filed a petition for the District E seat.

Looking ahead, he has some goals for the next term.

Bowman said over the next year the board has a lot of work to do, preparing for a potential bond election that could support the construction of a new high school in Severance along with work on the existing Windsor High School and other district facilities.

"First and foremost the board will have to stress the need for expansion and emphasize the unity of Windsor and Severance," he said.

With the large geographical area of the Windsor-Severance school district and its rapidly growing population, the expansion of the district to support its rising number of students stands out as an important task, Bowman said.

During that process, the board will need to continue the work it has done with the budget, maintaining programs and putting the needs and concerns of the students first, he said.

With an ever-challenging amount of funds available, the school board has had to get creative to make ends meet.

"I'm really proud of that," Bowman said. "There's been a lot of give-and-take and people have been really professional, not taking (budget decisions) personal."

Some budget decisions were hard, but he said he thinks the board has been able to set aside personal feelings and politics and ultimately make the best decisions for students and their teachers.

With so many seats up for this year and only Bowman running for re-election, he hopes to keep that student-first mindset at the school board level.

"I can't say enough about how important it's going to be to do what's best for kids," he said.

Tempy Bowman:

• Running uncontested for District E seat

• Lived in Windsor for 17 years

• Current school board members at the end of his first term

• Part owners of Collins Collision Products

• Three kids in the school district, a senior and freshman at Windsor High School and a sixth grade student at Windsor Middle School.