CROWN POINT | Veteran educator and former School Board member Byron Hubbard is challenging incumbent Gerald Caravana for the 2nd District seat on the Crown Point Community School Corp. board.
Hubbard, 77, said he was driven to enter the race by worries over the school corporation's 2010 withdrawal from the Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative, and by budget concerns in the wake of a 2011 school tax referendum.
Hubbard, known as B.J., said he doesn't mind paying more taxes as a result of the referendum to generate $5 million in supplemental revenue to avert a budget deficit.
"But I don't see anything where we're making an attempt to reduce costs," Hubbard said. "I see no plan to reduce costs."
Caravana, 67, said he seeks a second term to help ensure continued strength and improvement by the school district.
"It's just amazing how we've jumped up academically in all facets of our program, and in all schools," Caravana said. "The next step is to improve what we already have."
Caravana, known as Jerry, was elected to the School Board in 2008. He retired from the Crown Point school corporation in 2007 after a 40-year career first as a teacher and later the athletic director for nine years.
Hubbard formerly was principal of three Crown Point elementary schools and said he currently works with the Indiana University Northwest education program helping to train school administrators.
Hubbard served three terms on the Crown Point School Board, from 1978 to 1986 and from 1998 to 2002.
School Board members Karen Schrum and Scott Angel both are unopposed in their bids for re-election.