WCCS BOARD OPENING: Derbeck running for school board

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City resident Leslee Derbeck submitted her name to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor for consideration for the open Board of Trustees seat.Derbeck is married to Chad, and the couple has three children — Hannah (16), Zavier (7) and Hartleigh (2).The Post & Mail had five questions for prospective board members. The following are Derbeck’s answers.What do you think is the biggest need for WCCS?Derbeck: I know a big one, that affects my oldest, is the situation going on with the valedictorian/salutatorian, and for the grade-weighting in AP (Advanced Placement) classes. My oldest is in the National Honor Society, so she’s affected by that one. I know some things that happen (in the district), but I haven’t followed everything, but I am willing to learn and dive in and work my hardest to get answers on what’s best for the system.If you had sole discretion over the funding from the state, how would you use it for the district?Derbeck: I don’t know. I would research it to find out what the true need is for the school system and use it for that.What is your opinion of the district potentially building a new high school?To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 5 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.