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Boller resigns as North Putnam board president

Friday, June 24, 2011

BAINBRIDGE -- Charlie Boller is an Indiana State Police officer and until the final seconds of the North Putnam School Corporation special board meeting Thursday he was also the president of the school board.

After the other board members addressed different issues in individual comment, Boller took a brief moment to announce to the board and public that he was resigning as president of the board. He will remain a member of the board.

Boller's announcement could have taken 30 minutes to explain, but he opted to only take 30 seconds of time.

"With all the situations that just happened at the school, I feel I should be able to fix that," Boller said. However, Boller added that he felt he wasn't able to help improve the school system and have the input that he wanted to have. Boller also mentioned that communication between himself and school superintendent Mary Sugg Lovejoy had completely broken down during his time as board president.

"Some of the problems that we have now should never have happened," Boller said.

During the board comments before Boller's announcement, board member Mark Hoke said he was glad many parents had a voice during the regular board meeting on Thursday, June 16. Hoke left the board meeting midway because he was called to other business, but said he was glad to hear the comments from board members and parents afterward.

"Parents had a voice that night," Hoke said. "The board members heard them."

The board also approved a job posting for director of operations, as opposed to assistant superintendent or director of curriculum and student services. The new title would reflect the board's desire, voiced mainly by board member Oliver Haste, to be able to do more for the school in a physical sense -- not just having knowledge of how to handle education but also being able to handle construction, bus routes and maintenance.

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Sounds like it's time for the Superintendent to find new employment,huh! Thanks,Charlie,for telling it like it is......

-- Posted by kubotafan on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 7:09 AM

Wow! Sorry that Charlie had to step down, but I see why he did. Thanks for your honesty, Charlie! And thanks to Mark and the rest of the board-it sounds like the parents are finally being listened to!

-- Posted by all4advocacy on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 9:51 AM

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