Tony Warncke, Archbold, was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Archbold Area School Board at a special board meeting, Friday, Nov. 28.
Warncke fills the unexpired term of David Yoder, a nineyear board veteran, who resigned to spend more time with his family.
“I am committed to the town of Archbold. Archbold is where I raise my family; it’s where I work every day.
“This is an opportunity to give back to the community. I want to take advantage of that opportunity,” he said.
Warncke is director of product development for Sauder Manufacturing, a position he has held since January 2000. Prior to that, he worked in the auto parts and plastics industries.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute, Flint, Mich. Today, the institute is known as Kettering University.
Warncke also earned a master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University.
He and his wife, Missy, have three children: Ethan, a sixth grader; Camden, fourth grade; and Aiden, second grade. All attend Archbold Schools.
Warncke said Missy is highly supportive of his decision to join the board.
“She’s involved. She’s on the FISH Food Pantry board and the Outback (Youth Center) board, and St. John’s Christian Church. I look up to her with admiration,” he said.
Warncke said he believes his skills, capabilities, and experience will be a good fit on the board.
“I look at the folks who are currently seated, and they have a good diversity of experiences. I hope to expand on that,” he said.
Warncke ran for the board in 2005, but was defeated.
He said he comes to the board with no particular agenda.
“My first task is to become informed,” he said.
Scott Miller, board president, said the board interviewed eight persons who filed applications to serve on the board.
There were two special meetings, during which interviews were conducted, then a third meeting to discuss the choices.
Miller said the applicants had a wide variety of skills.
“There were many good candidates.
“It was a matter of looking at different skills, and how they related to where we’re going with the school district,” Miller said.
“We’re going to be looking at finances. David Deskins, district superintendent, alluded to the state looking at cuts in their support of schools, and we’re looking at a levy in 2011.”
Miller said it wasn’t just Warncke’s business skills that attracted board members.
“It was a variety of things,” Miller said. Warncke has “a vested interest in the district.”
Selecting Warncke was a diffi cult decision.
“When we had as many good candidates as we did, it made it tough. But that’s a nice situation to find yourself in,” Miller said.
Warncke will serve as an appointed school board member until Dec. 31, 2009.
During the fall general election, he will need to run in a special election to serve the remainder of Yoder’s term, which expires Dec. 31, 2011.