COLUMBIA CITY â€” After taking a break to plan his retirement, newly elected Whitley County Consolidated School board member Bill Tucker said he is ready for a second go-around.
â€śIâ€™m humbled by the support the community has given me, and Iâ€™m anxious to get back on the board,â€ť said Tucker.
Tucker first served as a WCCS Jefferson Township board member seven years ago, when he was approached by board members and asked to consider the job.
â€śI was interested in the community without having a background in education. I believe very strongly that education is an economic issue, as well as a personal learning issue. A strong school system would lead to a stronger economic community,â€ť said Tucker. â€śI accepted that opportunity and served about three and a half years. Then I chose not to run for school board since I was at the crossroads of planning my retirement.â€ť
Tucker retired from a 40-year career working in the banking and trust industry.
â€śI hope I can bring that expertise to the board,â€ť said Tucker.
This fall, Tucker said he was approached again by some members of the community and asked if he would consider running.
â€śI thought now that I have things lined up, Iâ€™d be willing to give back to the community,â€ť said Tucker.
Tucker took his post as a school board member hoping his experience would be an asset, not a stumbling block.
â€śI pledge to myself and to the community that I will not make decisions based on how it was when I went to school,â€ť said Tucker. â€śThatâ€™s no longer relevant. Things have changed so I hope I can always be open-minded.â€ť
In the area of facilities, food service and transportation management there will always be challenges. Tucker said those challenges are added to the ever-evolving educational piece.
With a newly elected state superintendent of public instruction, Tucker said he is interested to see how that will affect the school systems.
â€śMuch of our duties and challenges are handed to us by the state,â€ť said Tucker. â€śWeâ€™re not in total control of the educational process. Itâ€™s a delicate balance between what the state mandates to us and how can we accomplish that and still have personal touches to it.â€ś
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