Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Marc Wisniewski is elected chairman of the Decatur School Board again.
Garrett Goebel has been attending Decatur School Board events for months to learn the ropes, but on Tuesday night he officially became a board member. He and Julie Rhame were sworn into office by DeKalb State Court Judge Eleanor Ross at the first regular board meeting of the year. Goebel defeated Peg Bumgardner in November to win the seat vacated by John Ahmann, who decided not to run. Rhame was re-elected without opposition. In other action at the meeting, board members picked Marc Wisniewski to be chairman again and Bernadette J. Seals to the post of vice chairman again.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Garrett Goebel will be sworn into office Jan. 10.
John Ahmann ended more than eight years on the Decatur School Board Tuesday night, saying he hoped the board would step outside its comfort zone in a quest for excellence. "We have to push ourselves even when the pushing is uncomfortable," Ahmann said. "If I'm going to leave something, it's to always push." Ahmann has sometimes been the maverick on the board, questioning the administration and voting against the majority. Last month, for instance, he was the only one to oppose giving Superintendent Phyllis Edwards a raise. Board members had good things to say about him Tuesday night. Board chairman Marc Wisniewski, for instance, noted that Ahmann was a leader in converting Decatur to a charter system. "I think that's done a lot to shape …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
"I don't think the question is whether or not we will reopen Westchester, but rather when and how," Garrett Goebel.
Garrett Goebel thinks rising enrollment and declining funding are major issues facing the board, would work to reduce the system's costs for technology, transportation, maintenance and operations, and would vote to raise school taxes if he thought "it is in the best interests of our students and the community." He faces Peg Bumgardner in the Nov. 8 election. Her answers to questions can also be found in Patch. Goebel, who ran unsuccessfully for school board two years ago, is a Software Developer in Research and Development for ScriptProUSA. He has a BA from James Madison College of Michigan State University, where he majored in International Relations with an additional major in German. Read Goebel's answers to questions posed by Patch: I …