No 2015 April Election for Willard Schools
Willard Schools will not participate in the 2015 April Election. Each year at least two members of the Board of Education complete their respective three year term of office. Patrons living in the Willard School District who meet the eligibility requirements must formally announce their desire to candidate for the open seat. The patron must complete paperwork which is submitted to Greene County to officially complete this process.
Board of Education members can be elected to an unlimited number of terms of service. The window to declare interest is now closed. Two individuals submitted formal candidate paperwork which fills the two open seats.
Dr. John Lilly has served on the Willard Board of Education for six years and has made the decision to step away from BOE service. Dr. Lilly has been a faithful advocate for the district and staff. He has a deep understanding of the state / federal political processes and is continually interested in data analysis which the district utilizes to continually improve. I have appreciated his positive approach and support. Due to the fact that only two individuals formally submitted candidate paperwork they are automatically elected to the positions.
Mrs. Jennifer Fickbohm is completing her fifth year of service on the Board. BOE service runs in the family for Mrs. Fickbohm. Her mother Carla served on the BOE for many years. (Carla was on the BOE when I was hired 12 years ago.) Jennifer, (and Carla) are fiercely devoted to Willard students. Her positive attitude and uncompromising devotion to staff and students are a cornerstone for the BOE.
The BOE will welcome Mrs. Kathy Hampton to the BOE in April. Mrs. Hampton is a long time Willard resident currently working for Commerce Bank in Springfield. Her children have graduated from Willard Schools and she now looks forward to BOE service. I look forward to her joining the Willard Leadership Team.
The BOE has decided not to run a Bond Election in the 2015 April Election. The needs of the district are still present, therefore, the BOE continues in discussions about appropriate projects and timing. Signs of enrollment growth are clearly visible along Hwy 160. The apartment development close to the Willard Police Station will have 48 rental units completed in the next 12 months. This development provides government subsidy which will draw young families and result in many students enrolling in Willard Schools. Phase II of the development is currently in the planning stages.
Have a great weekend!