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WCCS TO CHOOSE TONIGHT: Curless seeking WCCS board seat

August 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City resident Dan Curless submitted his name to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor for consideration for the open Board of Trustees seat.

Curless is married to Debby, and the couple has two children — Jessica, who lives in Louisville, Ky., and Johnathan, who lives in Fishers.

The Post & Mail had five questions for prospective board members. The following are Curless’ answers.

What do you think is the biggest need for WCCS?
Curless:
“I think the biggest need is to get the boys and girls the best education they can have. They are getting it now, but we also need to have good facilities. I do observation of student teachers at Manchester University. The teachers are great, but we need to be looking at facilities and at working to train teachers to be as highly qualified as they can be.”

If you had sole discretion over the funding from the state, how would you use it for the district?
Curless:
If I had full responsibility, I would make sure our facilities meet the needs of the boys and girls. People forget that sometimes, that the boys and girls are most important. I also think we have to be competitive in wage scale for teachers with other districts around us, so we can get qualified teachers to come here and teach.

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