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Menser appointed to G-C board

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GREENFIELD — The Greenfield-Central School Board appointed its newest member at a special meeting Tuesday morning.

The board voted unanimously in favor of Steve Menser, 44, to represent District 2. Menser was one of three candidates vying for the position left vacant by former board member Kent Fisk.

Fisk stepped down from the board with two years left in his term in order to take a seat on the Hancock County Council.

Tuesday, board members said Menser rose to the top of a list that also included local insurance agent Brooke Palmer and former Child Protective Services employee Jenny Hoffman.

“I think he brought the most diversity to the table,” board member Kathy Dowling said.

Menser 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 the assistant business manager of IBEW Local 481 and was recently hired as a business development representative for RCR Technology, a software development company based in Indianapolis.

During a recent group interview alongside Palmer and Hoffman for the school board seat, Menser stressed his belief that students need a variety of options in preparation for graduation, including vocational training.

The idea resonated with board President Retta Livengood.

“As much as I wish everyone would have an opportunity for college, that’s not necessarily the best fit for every student,” she said. “Quite honestly, we need plumbers; we need electricians; we need highly skilled workers.”

Finding a fifth board member has been somewhat of a challenge since Fisk resigned in December.

The board initially appointed local accountant Willie McKinney, but McKinney stepped down unexpectedly just hours before his first board meeting in January.

He apologized in a letter to the board but provided no explanation for his resignation.

Menser, Palmer and Hoffman had all applied for the position before McKinney was appointed. After that round of interviews, Menser and Palmer were named as finalists.

The board asked for additional applications after McKinney stepped down, but no new candidates expressed interest.

Tuesday, Menser assured the board its search is over.

“I’m sticking around,” he said. “I don’t see making any changes.”

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