WDC School Election: Seelhammer's accounting background an asset to the school district

The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. At the close of that election, three members will be elected to the school board for terms of four years each. Five candidates are running for the three seats.

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The Wadena-Deer Creek School District encompasses this portion of central Minnesota.
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WADENA — Melissa Seelhammer is running for her second term on the Wadena-Deer Creek School Board. Read on to find out more about where she stands on district issues.

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Melissa Seelhammer
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Tell us about yourself including education, occupation, family, interests, hobbies, etc.
I have been married to my husband, Ross, for 19 years and I am a mother of three boys that attend WDC. I am a class of 2000 graduate from WDC and a 2003 graduate from Bemidji State University. I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management. I am employed at Merickel Lumber. I enjoy watching sports of all kinds, taking pictures and scrapbooking.

What compelled you to run for the WDC School Board?

I wanted to give back to the community and be more involved with the school that my kids attend. I want to help make our district a great place to go to school and help ensure that our students succeed in school and are prepared for their future.


What qualities do you possess that will make you a good school board member?

I am a good communicator who loves working with people. I am a good listener and I am willing to help others with questions and concerns. I am honest, professional and understand the importance of confidentiality. I have a background in accounting, which helps me on the budget committee. I am passionate about helping others and would love to continue serving our school district!

What do you see as the strengths of the WDC School District?

We have great staff at WDC that care about our students in and out of the classroom. We have two great schools for our kids to attend. We have great families that attend WDC and great community support.

What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the WDC School District?


The biggest challenges I see in the future will be financial challenges. We have received funds for covid relief that have helped our district keep classes small and add some positions to help our students catch up and help with mental health. We have a responsibility to provide the services that our students need while also upholding the responsibility we have to the taxpayers.

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