At its July 11 meeting, the Groveport Madison Board of Education selected Duane Dailey to fill the board seat vacated by Patti Froehlich.
"A lot of great people applied, but we could pick only one," said board member Teresa Burch.
Dailey, (pictured at right) 65, was one of nine applicants for the open seat.
"The district has had its ups and downs and I want to work at keeping it up. The district has always been able to overcome its problems," said Dailey.
A Madison Township resident, Dailey resides in the southern portion of the school district and has lived in the Groveport area since 1973. He is a 1959 graduate of Gahanna-Lincoln High School and had a successful 20 year career in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of senior chief. He also was the self-employed owner operator of a freight transportation company for more than 20 years. He has served in various volunteer capacities in the Groveport Madison school district and community for many years. His three daughters graduated from Groveport Madison High School.
"My goals and intentions are to support the district and enable us to provide a strong educational environment for our youth now and for the future. A quality educational experience and continued learning is imperative for all of us," Dailey said in an official statement.
In an interview following the meeting, Dailey said one of the biggest issues he wants to address is to make sure the district is properly spending its money and controlling its budget. He said he also wants to make sure the board maintains the trust of the people in the district.
"We have to maintain the district’s integrity," said Dailey. "You can’t pass levies if the people feel they can’t trust the board."
Froehlich, who resigned June 15, was elected to the board in 2005 and had two years remaining on her term. Because of this, Dailey will have to participate in a run-off election for the position on Nov. 6, where he may either run unopposed, or face a challenger who could file to run for the seat. Whoever wins the run-off election in November will fulfill Froehlich’s remaining term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2009.
Dailey said he will participate in the run-off election in November.