Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

3 new members on Fort school board

By Leslie Gartrell
FORT RECOVERY - The Fort Recovery school board has three freshly elected members joining the ranks according to unofficial results.
Newcomers Anne Guggenbiller, Jacobe Knapke and Don Wendel were elected to the board, edging out incumbent and current vice president Mike Grube and fellow newcomer Jerry Byram.
Guggenbiller received 390 votes in Mercer County and 11 in Darke County; Knapke received 298 votes in Mercer County and seven in Darke County; and Wendel received 368 votes in Mercer County and 10 in Darke County.
"I'm excited," said Guggenbiller of her win. "I'm excited to be part of a team."
Guggenbiller, 40, 706 Fairlane Drive, Fort Recovery, wanted to give moms a voice on the formerly all-male school board. The mother of three has two daughters in school and said her organizational leadership and supervision degree from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne would come in handy.
In an earlier interview, Guggenbiller said if elected she'd work to improve the district, such as working toward an improved district grade and bring a community-focused mindset to her potential role.
Knapke, 32, 3260 Erastus-Durbin Road, in a previous interview said his job as a team leader at JR Manufacturing would be an asset if he were elected.
The father of three and Fort Recovery High School alumnus said he hoped to learn from fellow board members to help make the best decisions for Fort Recovery students.
"I want to help kids in the school system any way that I can," Knapke said. "It's all about what's best for kids in the school."
Wendel, 43, 701 Blue Jacket Drive, is a district manager for Cooper Farms and a Fort Recovery High School alumnus.
In a previous interview, Wendel said he would ensure the district is fiscally sound and reflects the values of the community. "I feel like it's time to give back to the institution that gave me my education," said the father of two.
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