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Spencer board re-elects Whittenburg as president

Thursday, September 27, 2012

In opening Tuesday night's meeting, the Spencer school board conducted elections for the upcoming year.

The board voted 4-0 to re-elect Bob Whittenberg as their board president. Whittenberg abstained from the vote.

Board member Marty Bomgaars nominated Bill Zinn, the board's vice president, to serve another term.

Zinn, who has been joining the meetings, via Skype, from Waterloo, nominated Dean Mechler as the vice president for the next year.

"The concept of having someone in the area makes sense," Zinn said. "If, for some reason, Bob was unable to attend, Dean would be right there to conduct the meeting."

Mechler was voted into the position as vice president 4-1. He voted for Zinn to keep from casting his vote for himself.

The board also voted to continue to hold the meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 5:30 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23.

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The concept of having a school board that all lives in Spencer would be nice also.

-- Posted by a-thought-or-two on Thu, Sep 27, 2012, at 7:21 AM

Why is Zinn in Waterloo?

-- Posted by financeman on Thu, Sep 27, 2012, at 8:43 AM
Response by Gabe Licht:
His job relocated him to Waterloo. His term is not up, so he has been participating in meetings via Skype and conference calls, similar to what former school board president Todd Korbitz did when he was transferred out of the area. I believe Zinn's family still lives in Spencer.

Excuse me, but that is ridiculous. At least he had the sense to see that he shouldn't be the vice-president of the board any longer.

And people had better realize that school board members who don't have kids in the Spencer Community Schools and/or don't live in Spencer have no place on the Board.

Would we allow our Mayor to live in Waterloo?

Our Chief of Police?


-- Posted by spencer-gma on Thu, Sep 27, 2012, at 4:48 PM

Todd Korbitz participating by Skype was not correct and neither is it correct for Bill Zinn to be participating via Skpe. He may be following the letter of the law, but if he has relocated, even if his family is living in Spencer and he is in Spencer most weekend, he should resign.

-- Posted by SpencerParent on Thu, Sep 27, 2012, at 9:44 PM

I guess Korbitz did it for just a couple months in the summer until the next election if I remember right.

Nothing against Bill Zinn but if he isn't living here he should resign and we get a new board member.

I agree it's bad enough our board members don't have any kids in school but to compound it with not even living here makes it worse.

-- Posted by financeman on Fri, Sep 28, 2012, at 9:18 AM

So Financeman. Three current board members do not have children in school (Bill Zinn does have a child in school). One of them has two future students. Another has a grand daughter who will be a future student. Two of them have experience as teachers/education consultant. Two of them are business people with considerable personnel and financial experience. All three are property tax paying and income tax surcharge paying citizens of the community. All three have demonstrated their desire and ability to be fiscally responsible with our school's finances. All three seem to desire to improve education in our school system. You don't think they should qualify as school board members? You don't think their experience/abiltities/dedication are desirable for our school system?

-- Posted by Mechler on Sat, Sep 29, 2012, at 7:36 PM

Simple person is exactly right.

-- Posted by cow man on Sun, Sep 30, 2012, at 8:16 PM

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