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Two of three incumbents on the Sauk Prairie School Board intend to run for re-election in April, 2018; while Carol Baier, who has served on the board for 17 years, has decided she won’t run again.

As of 5 p.m. Dec. 22 — the deadline for incumbents to file non-candidacy paperwork with the district, Baier had filed her non-candidacy paperwork. Baier serves the village of Merrimac, towns of Caledonia, Merrimac and West Point.

Steven L. Sprecher, who currently serves the towns of Franklin, Honey Creek and Troy filed candidacy paperwork on Dec. 22. Dennis Virta, who has until Jan. 2, 2018 to file candidacy, responded to an e-mail from the Eagle that he intends to file his candidacy paperwork by the deadline. Virta serves the villages of Prairie du Sac and Sauk City.

Baier said after 17 years serving the district she wanted to go out on a high note.

“It’s been a fun 17 years,” Baier said. “It’s been a long time. It took some reflection, but I decided it was time to start a new chapter and give to the community in a different way.”

Baier said what drew her to the school board nearly two decades ago was a desire to understand the educational system better. “Education was always a passion of mine,” Baier said. “The key was finding a way to give back in an area I am passionate about.”

Sauk Prairie School District Supt. Cliff Thompson said Baier has “wonderfully served the district for 17 years.” “Carol has done wonderful work on the board and has now decided to use her time and talents for her family,” Thompson said. “We’re going to miss her so much.”

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Reporter, Sauk Prairie Eagle