WARSAW — At the Sept. 13 board work session, Jennifer Tandy, the current president of Warsaw Community Schools Board of School Trustees, announced her resignation from the school board effective October 1, 2016. Tandy and her husband, Brad Tandy, former Kosciusko County Councilman and general counsel for Biomet, Inc., are in the process of relocating to San Diego, California.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a school board member and look forward to participating in the upcoming two-day strategic planning session later this month,” stated Tandy. “By continuing to develop strategic objectives for the future, the board will further enhance the opportunities available to our young people. I am inspired by the commitment and personal sacrifices made by Superintendent Hoffert, his administrative team, the WCS teachers and all WCS employees, whom unselfishly dedicate their time and energy to the betterment of our community’s young people,” stated Tandy. “These educators do have a positive impact on young lives each and every day. I will work closely with the school board and administration to ensure a smooth transition for her successor,”concluded Tandy.
During Tandy’s tenure on the school board, WCS witnessed significantly higher graduation rates, educational and extracurricular facilities, including the construction of a new elementary school and substantial renovation of two other schools, the creation of a STEM Academy and its mobile laboratory, known as the Warsaw Inquiry Learning Laboratory (WILL), the establishment of a kindergarten, dual immersion program, the expansion of dance, orchestra, biomedical and Project Lead the Way courses, the opening of the student operated restaurant, Blue Apron as part of the culinary arts program and formation of a partnership with Lutheran Health Network / KCH to provide one million in funding for athletic programs and health related facilities.
WCS Superintendent David Hoffert offered “Jennifer is an outstanding board member providing tremendous leadership in her role of president for nearly five years. Her dedication helped provide greater educational opportunities for our students.”
School board vice president Matt Dick commented “Jennifer’s leadership skills, commitment to our children and her wise counsel will be sorely missed. I am completely confident that by copying her positive attributes, Warsaw Community Schools, and this school board, will successfully travel the course she helped establish.”
Board member Heather Reichenbach stated “The entire board wishes Jennifer, and her husband Brad, the very best in pursuing this new chapter in their lives. We thank Jennifer for six years of outstanding service. She leaves behind some large shoes for her successor to fill. We will miss her, both as a board member and a friend.”
Those interested in serving the remaining two years of Ms. Tandy’s term should submit a letter of interest to Superintendent David Hoffert, 1 Administration Drive, Warsaw, Indiana 46581 on or before Sept. 30. That letter of interest should explain why the candidate is interested in serving on the school board. Candidates must reside in School Board District 5, which consists generally of the Town of Winona Lake and the far east side of the City of Warsaw. For additional information or questions, please contact Dr. David Hoffert at (574) 371-5098.