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 Leah Kopp appointed to CAB School Board

February 21, 2007 - The third time, it turns out, was the charm for Wayne Township resident Leah Kopp. As the first matter of business at Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting, members of the Charles A. Beard School Board voted unanimously to approve Kopp’s appointment to the board seat vacated earlier this month by David Bundy. She was immediately sworn in and took her place next to board member Ron Womack.

“Being persistent pays off,” Kopp told The Banner after Tuesday’s meeting. Her bid for the vacant seat was her third attempt to get on the board since last May.

Kopp was one of seven candidates who ran for the open Wayne Township seat Kevin Knott won during last May’s school board elections. She finished second in that race.

Last month, Kopp was one of six candidates who applied for the vacancy created when board member Stephanie True resigned at the end of December. Unsuccessful in that bid, Kopp was one of four applicants for the seat that opened when Bundy resigned just two weeks later to become CAB’s new business manager.

During her an interview with the school board Monday evening, Kopp said one of  CAB’s strengths is that it has been “blessed with wonderful teachers.” However, she said she thinks steps need to be taken to strengthen student scores on the annual ISTEP-Plus exam.

A Knightstown High School gradaute herself, Kopp’s five children also graduated from KHS, and she and her husband are now raising a young grandson who is a CAB student. She described herself at Monday’s interview as a “team player” who has a mind of her own and isn’t afraid to stand up for her beliefs. Third time’s a charm,” Kopp told board members at the end of her interview on Monday. Reminding them of her two prior unsuccessful tries to join the board, she said, “If I didn’t believe in me, I wouldn’t be here.”

At last night’s meeting, Board President Mike Fruth remarked that all four people who applied to fill the vacancy were “very good candidates.” Besides Kopp, the other three applicants were Bryan J. Miller, James Kayajan and Tabitha Truax-Haynes.

“I look forward to the challenge set before me, working with the board and all of the children in the community,” Kopp said after last night’s meeting. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I welcome it with open arms. I’m really excited about it.”

Kopp will finish out Bundy’s original term in office, which was due to end June 30, 2009. Being a “lag” position, however, this seat will be up for election in May 2008, even though the successful candidate’s term will not actually start until the following July.



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