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City confirms school board appointments

BY CHELSEA BOULRISSE - cboulrisse@wabashplaindealer.com

The Wabash City Council voted to appoint two new members to the Wabash City Schools (WCS) Board of Trustees on Monday.

The appointments come after six candidates were interviewed for the seats by the Council in late November. When it was determined that the Council’s proceedings had violated open door policy, the Council took the direction of Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt by addressing the appointments in public on Monday.

Council member and WCS board liaison Bryan Dillon listed the names of all six candidates and presented a brief overview of each candidate’s background during the Council’s most recent meeting. Dillon explained that the Council first considered the applications of each candidate and then evaluated the question and answer portions of each candidate’s interview during a lengthy discussion following the interviews, which occurred on November 28.

“This is something the Council always takes very seriously as one of our given duties,” Dillon said. “So after four hours of discussion it was the Council’s recommendation to move for Tony Pulley and Rob Kelscheimer to be appointed to the school board.”

The Council voted to approve those appointments on Monday, this time conducting a public vote. The motion to accept was made by Council President Doug Adams with a second from Bob Greene. The appointments were approved 6-0, with Marc Shelley absent.

Pulley, who is a financial adviser at Crossroads Bank, and Kelscheimer, who works inside sales at Ford Meter Box, are replacing current school board members Kim Pinkerton and Mary Ann Tait, both of whom reapplied and interviewed for the positions.

“It’s never an easy decision,” Council member Mitch Figert said. “(Pulley and Kelscheimer) had a real passion to serve. We could tell they were eager to serve and then we looked at the current mix and I felt both brought different opinions and views.”

The two board members will begin their terms during a potentially hectic time for City Schools, which may participate in a consolidation study funded by the Community Foundation of Wabash County and will contend with the implementation of the state’s new graduation requirements and ILEARN exam.

“There’s a lot facing not just local education, but education across the state,” Figert said. “I’ll be curious and hopeful to see these gentlemen get in there and take a look at Wabash education.”