The Warren County School District board of directors has a new member.
On Thursday, John Anderson was appointed to a post vacated by Trish Rosenstein on the nine-member panel. Anderson will represent Region I, which encompasses the City of Warren plus Elk and Glade townships.
Interviews were held for the position during committee meetings on Monday and Anderson, as well as Nicole Peterson, had applied.
Board Vice President Donna Zarcizny made a motion during Thursday's special meeting to appoint Anderson.
"I think it's nice that we have more than one candidate interested (who) gave very capable interview answers," Board President Arthur Stewart said. "I would support the motion. I had occasion to work with John on the school board before (and) actually ran against John. I would support John only because, eight years ago or seven years ago, my heart was 'If he's elected, the same concerns I had for the school district I thought that John would bring the same.'"
Peterson was present for Thursday's vote. Anderson was not.
During the interviews on Tuesday, Anderson said he would be "happy to support the community."
"Right now the biggest issue is using the funds that we have available to best prepare the students we have for success once they get out of high school," he said. "It's a constant struggle to balance the money, the programs and the equitable access to all the things for all the students."
When asked about his background on handling a budget and staff the size of the district's, Anderson said, "I've been in business for 26-27 years right now.... I think I have a pretty good grasp of the management of things." He said he is "comfortable I could make informed decisions."
And he plans to run when the position comes up for election.
"I'll run until the voters tell me no thank you," he said.
Peterson said that she has "been very dedicated to our school district," serving as homeroom helper, on the PTO and has been involved in attending board meetings and committee meetings.
She said she "recognized how important the district is as a whole to our community (as) one of our largest employers" that "touches the lives of" most of the community.
Peterson argued that the biggest issue facing the school district is "making sure we are providing the best we can with the resources we have."