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|03-27-03: 14 seek St. Marys board opening
|By LANCE MIHM
The Daily Standard
ST. MARYS - St. Marys City Schools board of education received an
overwhelming response as 14 residents of the district applied for a vacancy on the board.
The position was created when board member Jeff Ginter, who had served
for three years, resigned from his position March 12.
Ginter resigned saying he wanted to spend more time working with youth
and that he was frustrated with several school issues. He named the struggles with the
state legislature concerning school funding and that he felt there was too much emphasis
on athletics. He also said his time on the board had been frustrating because of how he
worked with other board members.
The 14 people who applied include: Penni Carroll, 138 Parkway Court,
Jim Robenstine, 107 Oakwood Drive, Tom Hudson, 1112 Neil Ave., Jeff Bowersock, 739 N.
Augustus, Frank Murray, 00337 Arnold Road, Missy Roby, 18659 Ohio 116, Jon Roberts, 1102
Robin Road, William Kellermeyer, 328 Huffman St., Ralph Wiley, 123 Augustus St., Kurt
Meier, 203 S. Main St., Craig Gottschalk, 05076 Salem-Noble Road, Rees McKee, 121 S. Perry
St., Brian Styer, 103 Meadowbrook Lane, and Anna Katterhenry, 03235 Ohio 219.
Each applicant filled out a questionnaire of eight questions, most
which were recommended questions from the Ohio School Board, Superintendent Paul Blaine
said. Some of the questions asked were: Why do you want to become a school board member?
What are your beliefs on the roles of the board and superintendent? Could you protect
confidentiality and do you support the proposed future school construction project?
Board members will review the answers to the questions and plan to
appoint a new member at a special April 9 board meeting.
Carroll, 53, said in her questionnaire she would like to become a board
member because she would love to be part of the team. She said she is excited about the
prospect of new and updated facilities in the school district, and said there is an
increased need to keep up with technology. Carroll, who has one child attending St. Marys
schools, is recreation director at Auglaize Industries in New Bremen and is a professional
photographer for Castle Gallery in St. Marys.
Robenstine, 78, said keeping updated with technology is important. He
said his many years of education and business experience would be an asset to the school
Katterhenry, 38, has two children currently attending the school
district. She said she would like to join the board to better serve her community.
Katterhenry supported the current school facility master plan and felt the move was
important for future community growth.
Hudson, 76, is interested in the position because he feels education is
important in raising good, moral citizens in the community, he said. He also supports the
facilities master plan.
Bowersock, 48, has two children attending school in the district. He
submitted his name for the position because he wants to be more involved in their
education, he said. He is in favor of the school facilities plan.
Murray, 56, said he is interested in the position because he feels it
is important to volunteer and give back to the community. He is interested in selling the
school facilities plan to school district voters, he also said. Murray has one child in
the school system.
Roby said she is interested because she feels it is important to get
involved to be a good parent and member of the community. She said the need for new
facilities is there, and she feels now is the right opportunity.
Roberts has three children currently in the school system. He submitted
his name because he did not want to see someone from a special interest group or someone
with their own personal agenda on the board, he said. He said he is impressed with the
overall plan for new facilities and said the district needs to take advantage of the
current situation and not turn down free money.
Kellermeyer said he is interested in the position because he believes
in the noble course of public service. He said he could not offer a fair and complete
assessment of the facility master plan without all of the factors.
Wiley, 35, said he feels he could contribute to the school system
because of his business experience. He said more time is needed discussing the facilities
plan with other board members before making a decision on the issue. But he did say new
facilities would make the district more efficient. Wiley has three children in the school
Meier, 37, is interested because he has two school-age children and
another one on the way, he said. With his experience as an accountant, he feels he can
attract businesses to the area by providing a well-educated work force and less tax
Gottschalk has one child in the school district. He said his experience
as a lawyer and parent can offer a unique perspective to the board. He feels new
facilities are needed, but has concerns with cost for the project and the potential for a
loss of state funding.
Rees McKee, a former board member, has one child attending school in
the district. He said he feels it is important to provide a learning environment and
curriculum that is conducive with the needs of all children in the district. He said the
new facilities are needed, but this is not the time to pursue it due to the current
Styer said he has something to contribute to the community and the
school district. He feels the facilities plan is good and more attractive schools would
bring new industry, job growth and better property values.
"We were pleasantly surprised with the number of responses,"
Blaine said. "It reflects the support the community has traditionally offered to our
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