Lake names member for school board
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:40
MILLBURY - A young wife and mother who is a business manager for the University of Toledo has been appointed to the Lake Board of Education.
Monica (Sims) Leppelmeier was selected over 11 other candidates at Wednesday's meeting.
She is filling the seat of Eric Hirzel, who officially resigned last month.
"What I want to do is support the growth of youth in the community," she said after the meeting.
Leppelmeier, a 2002 Lake High School graduate, said the support she received from Lake's staff helped her succeed in college and her career. She continued her education at Owens Community College, where she played softball, and at Saginaw Valley State University, where she earned a degree in accounting. She has her master's degree in business administration from UT.
At UT, she is a business manager and sits on a special committee formed by the university president.
"I basically manage the business aspect of things," said Leppelmeier, who is 28.
She said she wants to serve her community and this seemed like an ideal opportunity. Her father, David, is Millbury's longtime zoning commissioner. Uncle Ron is a Lake Township trustee and she has relatives in the fire and police departments.
Leppelmeier suspects so many people applied for Hirzel's seat because it's an avenue to serve and see if the board's a good fit - without running in an election.
"This is a less intimidating way," she said.
Leppelmeier and her husband, Kyle, who is golf course superintendent for Chippewa Golf Course, live in Lake Township and have a 2 1/2-year-old daughter.
"We had some really good applicants, very well qualified. It was a tough decision," said board member Brad Delventhal.
Board vice president Scott Swartz said Leppelmeier's financial background stood out.
"With school funding the way it is, you always want someone with that financial background," he said.
The other applicants were Tricia Askins, David Baum, Jamie Blazevich, Douglas Boos, Barbara Breese, Jeffery Ling, Ann Menter, Richard Rowland, Randy Saint John, Lesley Shaw-Briggs and Luke Twarek.
Also at the meeting, the board:
• Heard Superintendent Jim Witt explain that no flags are currently flying on campus because they have been shredded by the wind. New ones are ordered. Witt said the district receives several calls when flags aren't flying. "The wind just beats them," he said.
• Approved the retirement resignation of guidance counselor Diane Smith, who has been at Lake for 10 years.
• Heard from technology coordinator Donna Zalar that the new instant alert system is working after going through several glitches.
• Accepted several donations: $1,610 from Genoa Bank to sponsor a fifth-grade field trip, $1,500 from LEO for a heat laminator at Lake Elementary, $35 from Lynne Long for books and games, $35 from Tom and Judy Sanderson for books. These persons all made donations to the John Hughes Memorial: Dan and Pat Hughes, $350; Material Sciences Corp., $100; Barb Chiapetta, Craig and Lori VanderLende, Mark and Beth Beach, Daniel Hanus, Don and Cindy Hughes and Bonnie Ramsden, $50 each; Dennis and Lindy Keyser Jr. and Tim and Connie Miller, $25 each, and Betty Hughes and Lindy Keyser, $10.
• Went into a 30-minute executive session to discuss discipline and compensation of an employee and negotiations. No action was taken.