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School Board Will Continue One Member Short

The School Board opted not to appoint a temporary position to fill Lori Blodorn's vacated seat. Blodorn accepted the human resources manager position with the district, which she began in January.

The Menomonee Falls School Board will continue into April sans one of its members.

The board opted not to appoint a replacement for former School Board Member Lori Blodorn, and will continue one member short until after the election in April. Blodorn was hired by the school district in December to serve as a human resources manager. She replaced Ken Kubreka, and has served in the position since the beginning of January.

The School Board was in a unique situation heading into April. Current board members Scott Ternes and Faith VanderHorst both will run for another term on the board. Michele Divelbiss, who ran for a seat in the last election, was the only other resident to file candidacy papers for the April election. Essentially, the board could have just appointed Divelbiss to give her a head start on the board.

Divelbiss came up short in last year’s contentious School Board race, behind David Noshay and newcomer Paul Tadda. However, Divelbiss garnered 22 percent of the vote. She also serves as Valley View Elementary Parent Teacher Association President.

Board President Ron Bertieri suggested operating the board a seat short until April since there are no major votes on the horizon. In April, the School Board will proceed to appoint seats on its various committees as it does after every election.

Blodorn's background key

Superintendent Patricia Greco said Blodorn was hired from a candidate pool of applicants with human resources experience. However, she said Blodorn’s experience in law helped her rise above other candidates.

“Lori has specific experience in contract law, employment law, succession planning, business plans, negotiations, collective bargaining, insurance reviews, and non-discrimination testing,” Greco said in an email to Patch. “She is committed to the community and service.”

Blodorn’s responsibilities include contract management, regional benchmarking, employee benefits management, and legal compliance of the district. Greco said Blodorn’s position on the School Board made the decision to hire her more difficult.

“Her board service did not assist the team in making the decision for selection, it actually made it more challenging to for the team,” Greco said. “Yet in the end, they believed having the best skilled candidate working within the role was the obligation of their recommendation for the position.”

Greco added that school volunteers have been hired in the past to work in the district.

“In the same decision making process, the principals have an obligation to make the decision to hire the best teaching candidates for our schools based on skills and abilities, not solely the relationship,” Greco said. 

Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 15, 2013 at 09:13 PM
What a scandal this sniffs of.
Jann January 15, 2013 at 09:39 PM
What does the fact that past volunteers from the district got hired have to do with anything? Those past volunteers were not the boss of Pat Greco like Lori Blodorn is. She should have been required to resign prior to applying for the job other wise it just looks like Oh Oh if we don't hire her she could make our work miserable.
atthec44 January 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM
http://images.iverifytherecall.com/images/sw/sw047610.png
Steve ® January 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Keeping it in the family. shame shame shame
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Haha, Steve got beat. Blue fister POS. Clean out this entire board.
Carl Engelking January 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM
I would think someone would have to step up and run in order to "clean out the board". No one filed papers. Last year was a contested and interesting election for School Board.
Steve ® January 15, 2013 at 10:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7YiwTpQdT8
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Steve done it again. I think everyone knows why Nuitari can never kick these assclowns out.
Jann January 16, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Carl, it's looking more and more like you can't win in this town. This is such a conflict of interest it is unreal. Should I run or my neighbor just so we can get a nice job with the district? What would that accomplish for the taxpayers? It always ends up being one big clique.
Steve ® January 16, 2013 at 07:05 AM
Prob needs to be odd numbers. So eliminate 2.
atthec44 January 16, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I would have considered it Carl, but as new homeowners in the Falls, my wife and I don’t have the finances to run a campaign. Even a relatively low cost one for school board.

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