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SA board taps Patterson, Gill to fill terms

December 12, 2012

COMING AND GOING ... Two Berne residents were appointed to seats on the South Adams school board on Tuesday, while two veteran board members attended their final meetings in that capacity. From left, are, Landon Patterson, newly-appointed to a District 3 seat on the board; Tony Mellencamp and Steve Dobler, who are leaving the board at the end of December; and Ray Gill, also named to a District 3 seat. (Photo by J Swygart)

    Retired businessman Ray Gill and and Adams County technology coordinator Landon Patterson were selected Tuesday evening from among four applicants to fill two vacancies on the South Adams school board.
    Applicants seeking appointment to two vacant District 3 seats on the board included Gill, Patterson, Wesley Haight and Rachael Rosswurm.
    The new board members will serve the remaining two years of the unexpired terms of the vacant board seats, from January of 2013 through December of  2014.
    One board vacancy was created on November 6 when incumbent Tony Mellencamp was elected to a seat on the Adams County Council. Mellencamp will step down from the school board at the end of the year and attended his final school board meeting on Tuesday. He served on the South Adams board from 2002-2012.
    "It's been a great 10 years," he said. "Very rewarding and very satisfying. I feel good about how things are going right now. I think the board is in good hands," Mellencamp said.
    The second opening was created when Amy Orr was elected in November to an at-large seat on the board. Orr currently serves as a member from District 3, but will be moving out of the district.
     Orr was a three-vote victor over Gresham (Bud) Bearrs, 1,193-1,189 in the general election balloting, although her victory wasn’t solidified until provisional ballots were counted on November 16.
    She resigned her District 3 position on Tuesday to take the at-large seat currently held by Steve Dobler, who did not seek re-election. Dobler served on the board for eight years, from 2004-2012.
    Board president Arlene Amstutz presented both Dobler and Mellencamp with plaques in appreciation of their service, and thanked all four applicants for the two open board seats.
    "They are all great people and we appreciate their interest," said Amstutz.
    Other members of the board are John Mann, Julie Mansfield and John Buckingham.

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