Curless (left) and Derbeck
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Consolidated Schools board members had the opportunity to meet the candidates aspiring to fill a vacant seat at their meeting Monday.
The board position opened up after former member, Chris Bechtold, resigned due to his new position as a teacher within the district. The newly-appointed board member will be voted in at the next WCCS board meeting, and will finish out Bechtoldâs term â through Dec. 31, 2014.
Dan Curless and Leslee Derbeck had open interviews with the school board, Superintendent Pat OâConnor and Business Manager Tony Zickgraf at Mondayâs regular session.
The candidates, who differ in both age and experience, voiced the same opinion toward the position â whoever fills the spot needs to put students first â a statement that impressed the board.
âWe really care about the kids,â WCCS Board President Don Armstrong said. âThatâs what you both said in your interviews, and Iâm impressed with that. Weâre fortunate to have two good candidates for this position.â
Both Curless and Derbeck are Columbia City High School graduates. Derbeck graduated in 1996. Curless, along with graduating from WCCS schools, spent 39.5 years working for the district as both a teacher and administrator.
In fact, Derbeck was one of Curlessâ students.
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