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The man named to fill a school board seat last year now hopes the voters will decide to keep him there.
Jeff Caldwell was appointed to the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Board of Directors to finish the term of Pia O’Connor, who resigned to serve as county treasurer.
Caldwell, who serves District 7, has announced his intention to run in the fall election to retain his seat.
Pat Bryant, who also was appointed to fill an unexpired term, represents District 5 and also has said he will run.
“I’ve enjoyed my service to the community, and it’s been a great challenge,” said Caldwell, a Cummins Inc. executive. “I’ve learned a lot about how to work with board members and how to listen to my constituents.
“It’s a challenge I like.”
Caldwell had a strong interest in the school system when he applied for the vacant seat.
His wife, Beth, retired after having been a third-grade teacher for more than 10 years at Clifty Creek Elementary School. His daughter, Sarah, 26, and son, Michael, 22, are graduates of Columbus East High School.
He said he brings a valuable component to the school board: He knows what it takes to make a student into a “good, capable, qualified employee” in today’s workforce.
“You need good math and problem-solving skills to succeed in some of these jobs,” he said. “It’s a challenge.”
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