Bus Driver Takes On Incumbent In Watertown School Board RacePosted: Updated:
Matthew Munoz is school bus driver for Freeman Bus Corporation.
"I felt like the school board wasn't transparent enough," he said.
He's also a candidate for the Watertown City School Board. He decided to run after he went to a school board meeting looking for answers as to why the bus company he works was replaced by First Student. He's not bitter, but doesn't think as a parent, he was listened to.
"Parents felt dismissed, parents felt unheard, so I decided to go there and run for the parents and be person for the parents and community of Watertown," he said.
Munoz is taking on incumbent Beth Linderman, who is also the school board president.
"I think there's always more that we can do to expand how we communicate, but I think that we have done a good job of letting people know and it's matter of them taking advantage of the information that's available," she said.
Linderman has been on the school board for five years and will serve another three if she's elected. Munoz says while he has nothing against Linderman, he feels like her time has ended and he brings something else to the table.
"I feel like, as Watertown's diversifying, somebody on the board with diversity and culture and background, I feel like would be a better asset," he said.
But Linderman says experience is what's needed right now.
"The board is very new and we have a new superintendent and a new assistant superintendent for instruction so I think continuity is a really important thing," she said.
School board elections are Tuesday, May 15 from noon to 9 p.m. Voting will take place at Watertown High School and North Elementary School.