Incumbent, newcomer elected to school boardsNovember 6, 2018
By LEANN BURKE
One county school board will remain the same while another gains a new face in January when officials elected Tuesday take office.
Ken Schnaus retained his seat as the Greater Jasper School Board District 1 representative with 3,730 to opponent Jimmy Corbin’s 3,470.
In the Southwest Dubois County School District, Belinda Lange won the school board’s District 3 seat, winning 1,867 to opponent Jason Heile’s 648.
“I’m excited to see that people have confidence in me and think I’m serving them well,” Schnaus said from his home Tuesday night.
As he continues serving the Greater Jasper district, his goal will continue to be using his business experience to ensure the district serves the students well, while also being fiscally responsible and keeping property taxes low.
He also stressed that he serves everyone in the school district, not just those in District 1 — which covers Madison Township — or those who voted for him.
Schnaus has served 12 years on the school board.
He chose to seek re-election to continue giving back to his community and to see the construction of Jasper Elementary on the city’s north side through to its end.
Lange has always considered running for the school board, but it never seemed like the right time until this year. Her schedule has been filled with other volunteer obligations in the community. Now, some of those are winding down, so it seemed like a good time to run. With the win, she said, she’s excited and honored.
In preparation for taking office, Lange said she plans to talk to current Southwest board members and administrators to learn the ropes.
“I’m going to be very happy to serve and to learn,” she said. “I’m not going to do anything major; just quietly make the transition.”
Corbin and Heile did not return calls for comment by press time.
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