Hirzel plans to resign from Lake's board of education PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 24 December 2012 09:24
MILLBURY - A veteran Lake Board of Education member intends to resign early next year.
Eric Hirzel, who has weathered two financial crises and a tornado, said he will resign at the Jan. 9 board meeting.
He declined to give a reason or discuss it further after Wednesday's board meeting. During the meeting, Hirzel said he would be leaving for personal and professional reasons.
Board president Tim Krugh said applications for Hirzel's seat, which has a year left on it, would not be accepted until he officially resigns.
"We still have a board member," Krugh said.
When Hirzel came on the board in 2005, it was trying to pass new operating money, which finally happened the next year, in August 2006.
This year, the Lake board made $1.15 million in cuts, including 43 positions, after two new operating levies failed in 2011. A 6.75-mill levy was passed in August.
Hirzel ran as a write-in candidate two times over the years. The last time, in 2007, he lost, but was appointed to the board after Roger Sherman's death. The other four board members couldn't agree on Sherman's replacement and Hirzel ended up being appointed by Wood County's probate judge.
When a 2010 tornado destroyed Lake High School, Hirzel was on the committee to rebuild it.
He and wife, Amy, have lived in the Lake district for 20 years and have three children, all graduates of Lake High School.

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