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West Branch names new BOE member

BELOIT — The West Branch school board appointed a new member Thursday night.

The board unanimously appointed Bryan Hobbins to complete the term that ends Dec. 31, 2021. He is replacing longtime member John Wallace who resigned last month. He will be sworn in at the next regular board meeting Oct. 15.

Hobbins ran for the board last November, finishing third behind current members Mikki Kanagy and Aaron Hawk.

“We had nine amazing applicants and it was a very difficult decision,” said board President Courtney Stryffeler. “Overall, (Hobbins) ran for the board of education (in November) and came in third. We felt the community had already shown support for him and it was a logical choice.”

The other candidates included Stacey Aldridge, Craig Brown, Brian Cushman, David Conaway, Joseph Courtwright, William Dawes, Zach Martin and David Yaggi.

“Thank you to everybody who took the time to show interest in being an engaged part of the district,” Stryffeler said.

Wallace, who abruptly resigned Aug. 21, citing “family and job responsibilities.” He had been on the board since being elected in November of 1993, serving on a variety of committees over the years and receiving state recognition for his length of tenure.

The board had planned to recognize Wallace at Thursday’s meeting, but postponed the event until the Oct. 15 when he can participate. Faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to share their thoughts and memories of Wallace through email to any board member or Treasurer Julia Rozsnyai. The email addresses are available on the district website.

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