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The Putnam City school board District 2 incumbent has drawn an opponent in the Feb. 12 election.
BY MATT PATTERSON Published: February 2, 2013

Putnam City voters will decide who will fill one seat on the five-member school board when they go to the polls Feb. 12.

Incumbent Greg Juedeman will face Bren Smith for the District 2 seat.

Juedeman, 51, was appointed last year after the death of Mark Bledsoe. He and his wife, Susan, are lifelong residents of the district who attended Putnam City schools from kindergarten to their graduation at Putnam City High School. The couple's son attends Putnam North High School.

“I have a long history with PC schools,” Juedeman said. “We have always lived in the area, and I see being on the board and contributing to the community as a way to give back.”

Juedeman is an accountant at Devon Energy who graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. He said that among his top priorities for the district is preparing students for the future.

Voters also will decide on a technology bond issue on Feb. 12.

“We have to do whatever we can,” Juedeman said. “I am a taxpayer, and I know everyone's feelings about property taxes, but we also have to do what's best for the kids and their future, and technology is going to be a big part of that future.”

Another priority for Juedeman is finding a new superintendent. Paul Hurst is set to retire this summer, and the district has begun its search process.

“This is an obvious priority for us,” he said. “I hate seeing Paul leave because he has been so great for the district and has provided the kind of leadership it needs, but I also think we can find someone to fit that bill.”

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