Amy Pollesch, right, answers a question posed by Ripon Area School Board members during an interview session Thursday night. Pollesch was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board.
Amy Pollesch, right, answers a question posed by Ripon Area School Board members during an interview session Thursday night. Pollesch was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board.

   Just five days ahead of an eight-candidate primary for three Ripon Area School Board positions, a fourth seat has been filled.

   The board appointed Amy Pollesch to the seat vacated by resigned board member Dan Zimmerman, who recently took a state position as Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs.

   Candidates interviewed included three challengers on the ballot for the School Board primary: Nicole Kutz Menard, Pollesch and Josh Rieder — and two other community members, retired Ripon Middle School teacher Kate Williams and League of Women Voters co-director Gary Wetzel.

   The board interviewed the candidates over the course of one and a half hours, then cast their ballots. Four were cast for Pollesch, which was a majority as board member Tom Stellmacher was absent.

   Board members asked candidates what an ideal board member looks like, how they'd contribute to board meetings, should they support board decisions they disagree with, how they'd deal with an issue brought to them individually, how they'd promote relationships between administration and board, how they'd address communication issues and why they applied for the open position.

   The board-appointed seat will expire in April 2018. Since Pollesch is up for election this year, she'll serve a one-year term unless she is elected, in which case she'll serve a full three-year term.

   The board would then appoint another member following Pollesch's potential election.

For more information about how Pollesch was selected, read the Feb. 23, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.