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City Council to reconsider school board appointments

by the WPD staff

The Wabash City Council on Monday will revisit its decision to appoint Tony Pulley and Rob Kelscheimer to the Wabash City Schools Board of Trustees, a decision that was reached during an executive session meeting that Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt has deemed an open door law violation.

The Council will hold an open forum-style discussion of the six candidates who had applied for the two open board positions during which members will explain their decision and conduct a formal vote on the appointments.

Britt advised the Plain Dealer that while the Council’s decision was an open door violation, he does not believe it necessary to conduct the interviews a second time. Rather, the Council is simply expected to discuss the candidates and vote on the selections in public before the appointments are final. Similarly, the Council is expected to be more transparent when appointing new members to the City Schools’ school board.

The Council’s biweekly meeting will start at 6 p.m. Monday in City Hall and is open to the public.

Other public boards and councils scheduled to meet this week include the Wabash County Commissioners, the Manchester Community Schools Board of Trustees and the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County Board of Trustees.

The Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday in the Wabash County Courthouse to conduct regular business and hear departmental reports.

The MCS Board of Trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for regular business, with no major decisions pending on the public portion of the agenda. The board will also meet in executive session to discuss school board training strategies, according to the board’s agenda.

The MSD Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, during which the board will formally consider whether to continue or withdraw its participation from the Community Foundation of Wabash County’s “Studies for Advancement.”