PIERCETON — It was back to school Monday for Whitko Community School students and back to work for the school corporation’s Board of Trustees.
An organizational meeting was held for the purpose of welcoming newly-elected and re-appointed board members. Georgia Tenney and Joe Begley were sworn in as the two new members.
Tenney is originally from Illinois where she received a certification from Illinois Business College. In 1967, she relocated to Pierceton and was employed with Key Drugs, Inc. Tenney was also a secretary at Pierceton Middle School and Whitko Middle School for more than 32 years when she retired in 2011.
Begley graduated from Tri-County High School in western Indiana before receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Education from Purdue University. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Education before completing a teaching minor in Mathematics.
Begley taught agriculture, mathematics, computers and coordinated the I.C.E. program over a span of 33 years with Whitko Community Schools. His two daughters graduated from Whitko High School and his wife, Diane, retired from Whitko Community Schools after 30 years of service.
As part of the business conducted by the board, the election of a board president, vice president and secretary was decided. Jorell Tucker took the position of president.
Previously acting as the board president, Deb Collier was nominated and voted in to the seat of vice president. Newly-elected member Georgia Tenney was named secretary. Tom McFarland was appointed to the position of treasurer and purchasing agent, both positions he has held in the past.
Other decisions made by the newly formed board consisted of meeting times and necessary appointments.
Previously the board had met on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. The board approved a change in meeting times, choosing to meet at 6:30 p.m., but will continue to gather on the third Monday of each month.
With the decision to move the time, the board will meet Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
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