Woodward-Granger School Board appoints Tim Bogardus to represent District 3

Libbie Randall - Staff
The Woodward-Granger School Board asks potential candidates about their potential service on the board. PHOTO BY LIBBIE RANDALL/THE PERRY CHIEF

The Woodward-Granger school board met on Monday, July 16 to appoint a new school board member as well as discuss the school district’s handbooks and the all staff back to school letter.

Under Hawk Highlights the board discussed the upcoming back to school events, including the date of the back to school letter that will be sent out to all staff members and the opening date of student registration. New and returning students are now able to be registered online.

The first and only item on the discussion agenda was that of the appointment questions for each interested board candidate. Tim Bogardus and Melinda Greenwood were asked various questions by members of the school board, including topics on making decisions and the challenges and opportunities they would face if appointed to the board.

Bogardus referenced his over 20 years serving in the military before explaining how he would handle some challenges that may arise.

“I am not afraid to disagree,” Bogardus said. “When I do disagree with someone I will tell them why I disagree.”

Melinda Greenwood explained her greatest opportunity within the district is the fact that she strongly believes in public service.

“I understand that there might be a lack of community support,” Greenwood said. “Maybe it’s just a lack of understanding and by nature of what I do everyday […] I deal with the public regularly.”

After a brief period of contemplation the school board voted by roll call 3-1 and appointed Bogardus to represent district number 3.

School Board Member Ashley Brandt said the decision was a tough one considering both candidates showed great qualities.

Jennifer Bienbow was then appointed to the Temporary Vice President position while Troy Jansen fills the Board President position.

Within the action agenda the school board held a second reading to discuss the district handbooks.

There had been concerns brought up by various attendees at previous meetings in regards to the handbooks’ guidelines. Discussion mainly revolved around the handbooks’ Good Conduct Policy and academic eligibility for school dances.

After much discussion the school board tabled the reading in order to allow further discussion at a later date.