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North Union board holds organizational meeting

July 29, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG?- The North Union Board of Education held its organizational meeting Monday night at the library in the Armstrong building.

Armstrong city clerk Connie Thackery swore in board members Cory Culbertson and Ron Dacken from Sentral and Jen Von Bank, Jim Boyer and George Walker from Armstrong-Ringsted.

A-R business manager/board secretary Erin Rogers was voted North Union interim board secretary.

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Armstrong city clerk Connie Thackery helped convene the organizational meeting of the North Union Board of Education Monday night. From left are Jen Von Bank, Thackery, Jim Boyer, George Walker, Cory Culbertson and Ron Dacken. Von Bank, Thackery and Boyer are representatives from the A-R board and Culbertson and Dacken are from Sentral.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Boyer was voted president and Von Bank vice president.

There was some discussion before the board approved an interim superintendent who would serve at least until the third Tuesday of January 2014 when a permanent superintendent could be approved. Board members had to choose between A-R superintendent Matt Berninghaus and Sentral superintendent Art Pixler.

"I've received a lot of phone calls from people from Armstrong expressing their concern about Matt being superintendent instead of Art," Culbertson said.

Von Bank said Berninghaus had the expertise to lead as North Union CEO.

"Matt's impressed me with his ability to do that," Von Bank said, dismissing any notion that she was going to rubber stamp Berninghaus for superintendent merely because he is currently A-R superintendent. "I'm too much of an independent thinker to have someone tell me how to vote," she said. "We (board members) know more about the finances of the district than the general public does."

After approving Berninghaus as interim superintendent, Boyer stressed the need for the board to be proactive and for members to support the board's decisions.



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