Gordon D. “J.R.” Suppes Jr. was chosen by the board at an early-morning meeting today to fill a vacant seat. Suppes will complete the unexpired term of William Jelen who resigned May 31, the result of a family decision to move out of state.
Lake Local has a new Board of Education member.
Gordon D. “J.R.” Suppes Jr. was chosen by the board at an early-morning meeting Friday to fill a vacant seat. Suppes will complete the unexpired term of William Jelen who resigned May 31, the result of a family decision to move out of state.
Jelen’s term expires Dec. 31.
“I care about my school district and I wanted to do what I felt was right,” Suppes said of seeking the open seat. “I felt I could do that by being on our board of education.”
A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Suppes currently serves as director of alternative education programs for Summit Academy Management.
“This is a wonderful school district and its amazingly run from the top down,” Suppes said. “I am hoping to bring an educational perspective to the table since I have been in education in one form or another for my entire adult life.”
He was one of four finalists for the position on the five-member school board. Thursday and Friday, the Lake Board of Education interviewed Suppes, Michael Caldwell, George Daniel Dutton and Charles W. Evans before making its choice with a unanimous vote.
“The Board voted 4-0 in favor of Mr. Suppes,” a written statement issued by the district read. “(Board members express) their excitement for him and their thanks to the other candidates for their interest and passion for the students of Lake Local Schools.”