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White fills GCSC board seat

Friday, July 15, 2011

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GCSC Director of Personnel Ruth Schroeder administers the oath of office to new school board member Michael White at Wednesday night's board meeting. [Order this photo]
As the third man to fill the same seat on the Greencastle School Board since December, Greencastle native Michael White had his first meeting as a board member Wednesday night.

White, a chemist in Buzzi Unicem's alternative fuels facility, was chosen by the Greencastle Township Advisory Board as one of its two school board appointees. He took the oath of office from GCSC Director of Personnel Ruth Schroeder on Wednesday.

He replaces Todd Sutherlin, who had served in the seat since taking over for Jack Berry in January. Berry resigned from the board in December when he moved out of Greencastle Township.

White said he wanted to be involved in the activities of the corporation both as a parent and a citizen.

"I have kids in the school corporation -- young ones, a kindergartner and a third-grader this coming year. It's obviously one of the most important aspects of the community," White said. "I felt it was worthwhile and something I wanted to be involved with for my kids and the school as a whole."

As a new board member, White said he doesn't come into his new position with any particular issues in mind, just a desire to be a part of a strong school board.

"I know that Greencastle Schools seemed to me to be a little better off than some of the other schools around financially," he said. "I think the school board in past years has done a good job of keeping it that way. That was part of the attraction to me -- the school board has good people on it and I wanted to be a part of that."

He is also looking forward to working with new superintendent Lori Richmond, who had her first official meeting on Wednesday as well.

"I think it's a good time to come in with Lori as the new superintendent," White said. "I think she's going to be a tremendous asset. I think people are going to see change in the school corporation for the better with her."

White and his wife Cindy have two children, Katie and Sam. Cindy is a special education teacher in the Spencer-Owen County School Corporation.

White joins Kelly Lewis as the other Greencastle Township appointee on the board. Mike Dean is the Madison Township appointee, while the City of Greencastle appointees are Monica Fennell and Board President Bruce Stinebrickner.



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