WARSAW — With several weeks before the filing deadline passes, the Warsaw Community Schools board of school trustees will likely look different by year’s end. At least one board member is not seeking re-election and two new candidates are throwing their hats in the ring.
Dan Metzger, who serves on the Warsaw board for District Seven said Tuesday, Aug. 7, he would not be seeking another term. Bradly Johnson of Claypool has filed to fill that slot on the board. The deadline for filing candidacy is Aug. 24.
“As I served my country in the U.S. Navy, I feel it is now time for me to serve my local community in some facet,” said Johnson. “As a 21-year resident of District Seven, I feel the position to which I can best apply my knowledge and skill set is the Warsaw Community Schools board. I feel my experiences in business and personal life uniquely qualify me to be a valuable asset to the board.
In the District One race, one candidate is currently filed to fill the position that Matt Dick, the current board vice president, will vacate. Wendy Fairchild filed her candidacy.
“I’ve lived in Kosciusko County for many years and I have been a small business owner in Warsaw for nearly 30 years,” said Fairchild. “My husband and I have a daughter in the Warsaw school system. The possibility of running for the Warsaw School Board has been on my mind for several years. Recently, I was asked by friends to consider running.
“The opportunity has evolved naturally and I look forward to following this path as far as it takes me,” Fairchild continued. “I want to advocate for the kids of our community. I hope for all kids to follow their dreams throughout their time in Warsaw schools.”
On July 11, Julie Harvey announced on social media that she intended to also vie for the position in that district. Harvey has yet to officially file as of the time of this posting.
In Districts two and five, incumbents Heather Reichenbach and Jeremy Mullins are filed to run for re-election, while sitting board members Elle Turley, Jay Baumgartner and Dan Polston are not up for re-election.