Center Township to choose from six for Valpo School Board

2013-06-04T11:45:00Z 2013-06-04T20:06:18Z Center Township to choose from six for Valpo School BoardPhil Wieland phil.wieland@nwi.com, (219) 548-4352 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | Two former assistant principals at Valparaiso High School are among the six-pack of candidates seeking to be appointed to the school board position now held by Mark Maassel.

Maassel was appointed by the Center Township Board, which will hold an executive session Wednesday to decide how to handle the selection process, whether to interview all six or to winnow the number down to a few finalists for the four-year appointment.

Township Board President Stephen Buck said Maassel, currently the president and chief executive officer of the Northwest Indiana Forum, has applied for another term.

The other five candidates are:

Stephen Cronk, a retired former assistant principal at the high school; Debra Fray, a former assistant principal and now an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech; Michelle Grossnickle, a self-employed landlord; Amy Cheuk, who has a masters in early childhood education, and Robyn Jakubowski, who has a communications degree and formerly worked for a not-for-profit.

After deciding how many candidates to interview, Buck said the three-member township board will conduct interviews at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Porter County Administration Center. All the candidates will be notified by mail and phone whether they will be among the finalists.

The Valparaiso City Council will select a board member to fill the position now held by Jim Jorgensen. Only three people qualified as candidates of those who filed applications, and all three will be interviewed Monday beginning at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.

A second round of interviews will be conducted two weeks later prior to the council meeting at which the council will vote on the appointment. The council appoints four of the school board members, one each year, and the township has one appointment.

The terms of Maassel and Jorgensen expire June 30.

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