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GREENFIELD — Three familiar faces are back in the running to fill the vacant seat on the Greenfield-Central School Board.

This week will mark the second time the board has met to interview potential candidates to replace former member Kent Fisk, who left the before his term ended after being elected to the Hancock County Council in November.

The board formerly appointed Willie McKinney, a local accountant, to fill the vacancy for the remaining two years of Fisk’s term, but McKinney unexpectedly turned the position down just hours before his first board meeting.

The board put out another call for candidates. Applications were due Friday.

The names of potential candidates, released Monday, should sound familiar.

Brooke Palmer and Steve Menser are seeking the seat again. They were among the three finalists along with McKinney before McKinney was selected.

Also on the list is Jenny Hoffman, who was eliminated in the initial round when the candidates were pared from four to three.

Palmer, 33, is a graduate of Purdue University, where she received a degree in elementary education. A former teacher and basketball coach, Palmer now works at State Farm in Greenfield as an insurance agent.

Palmer has said she became interested after hearing about the opening from local teachers. After being announced as a finalist for the position the first time, she said she believes a board’s members should come from diverse backgrounds, and her three years of teaching in the Pendleton school system give her a unique perspective.

Palmer could not be reached for comment Monday.

Menser, 44, graduated from Greenfield-Central High School and went on to study at the IBEW Electrical Training Institute. Menser resigned in December from his position as a journeyman and was recently hired as a business development representative for RCR Technology, a software development company based in Indianapolis.

Menser said he didn’t hesitate to rejoin the running after he learned McKinney had stepped down. If selected to replace Fisk, Menser said one of his top priorities will be to encourage G-C schools to provide vocational opportunities for students.

“With my background, I think I can bring something to the table there,” he said.

Hoffman, 39, graduated from Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in education and went on to receive her teaching license the next year.

Hoffman’s most recent job was working for the Department of Child Services as a family case manager supervisor from 2006-2010.

She now works as a volunteer coordinator for Love INC, a faith-based nonprofit that helps families in need in Hancock County.

Hoffman’s two children are in the first and seventh grades and said several school staff members suggested she seek the office.

“We have really good schools,” she said. “My kids have been really blessed to have awesome teachers that support them, and obviously, I want to keep that going.”

A group interview of the candidates will be held at an open meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Greenfield-Central administration building, 110 W. North St. in Greenfield.

“That’s kind of going to be an informal type of a process,” Strahl said.

The board’s decision will be announced at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 5. at the administration building. That meeting is also open to the public.

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