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 Knott, Beatty Chosen to Lead CAB

July 15, 2009 - Even though they faced no competition, securing the presidency and the vice presidency of the Charles A. Beard School Board for the coming year proved no easy task for Kevin Knott and Wade Beatty.

The board’s seven members voted 4-3 at their July 7 annual organizational meeting to retain Knott as board president for a second year. Minutes later, an identical 4-3 vote returned Beatty to the vice president’s position he had, until last year, held two years in a row.

Knott and Beatty were nominated for their respective offices by Leah Kopp, and Tom Schaetzle seconded the nominations. With the candidates voting for themselves, Kopp’s and Schaetzle’s support proved just enough to give Knott and Beatty the needed four-vote majorities.

Voting against Knott and Beatty were Steve Dalton, Mark Fort and Tim Wehr. None of the three, who had each contributed to the unanimous vote last July that first made Knott president, offered any explanation during last week’s meeting for their opposition votes of no confidence.

Dalton, who served the past year as vice president, was actually nominated at last week’s meeting by Wehr to carry on for a second term. He declined the nomination, however, clearing the way for Beatty’s unopposed bid for the office.

The office of board secretary provided the only contested race of the evening. Fort nominated Wehr to retain the position a second year, and Dalton seconded the nomination, while Knott and Beatty nominated Kopp.

Had board members aligned themselves as they had for the two prior votes, Kopp would have unseated Wehr as the board’s secretary. As it turned out, however, Schaetzle switched sides, giving the 4-3 advantage to Wehr.

Last week’s board meeting began with Kopp taking the oath of office. Although elected during the May 2008 school board election, Kopp holds the board’s “lag seat,” which has a term of office that is staggered one year from the other three up for election at the same time. Kopp’s seat, one of three from Wayne Township, will next be up for election in May 2012, but her term in office actually runs through June 2013.

In other organization matters addressed at last week’s meeting, the board voted unanimously to change its 7 p.m. regular monthly meetings from the third Tuesday to the second Wednesday of each month in the Knightstown High School media center. Because a regular monthly meeting had already been set for Tuesday, July 21, the board agreed not to start the new meeting schedule until August.

Board members also unanimously agreed to keep their yearly stipend at $2,000. Keeping promises they made when campaigning last year for seats on the board, Fort and Dalton said they will continue not accepting any stipend for their service.

The board gave its full support to Superintendent Gary Storie’s recommendation that Michelle Swift be kept as CAB’s treasurer. There was some discussion as to whether Swift should also be conferred the title of “business manager” in recognition of additional duties she took on after Business Manager David Bundy resigned in April, but no change was made.

Dalton and Wehr agreed to continue serving on CAB’s finance committee. Beatty also offered to serve, and Schaetzle agreed to be an alternate. The committee’s meetings, which are open to the public, will be held at noon on the second Monday of each month in CAB’s central office, 345 N. Adams St., Knightstown.

Beatty will continue serving on CAB’s teacher contract negotiating team, and Kopp said she would also serve, and Dalton agreed to be an alternate. Wehr and Kopp also agreed to remain, respectively, the board’s legislative liaison and vocational education board representative.

After organizational business was finished, the board heard a presentation from two representatives of Fanning-Howey, an Indianapolis-based architectural firm vying to work with CAB on improvements at Knightstown Intermediate School construction of new KHS athletic facilities. The board was scheduled to hear a presentation from another firm during a special meeting last night.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the CAB School Board is 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at KHS, 8149 W. U.S. Hwy. 40.


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