Nicole Kutz-Menard, right, grins as she talks with School Board member Amy Pollesch after being named to the board as well.
Nicole Kutz-Menard, right, grins as she talks with School Board member Amy Pollesch after being named to the board as well.

   In the end, the Ripon Area School Board was faced with a decision: stick with the status quo, or head in a new direction?

   Ultimately, the eight members of the board selected the latter.

   Nicole Kutz-Menard, who has never served on the School Board, will fill out the remaining one year on the term vacated by Dan Zimmerman.

   She was chosen tonight (Wednesday) in a 5-3 vote after the board pared the field of four to two finalists, beating out a former School Board member.

   Interviewing for the position Wednesday evening were Kutz-Menard, former School Board member Barb Schultz, Gary Wetzel and former teacher Kate Williams.

   The first round of voting finished with Schultz and Kutz-Menard tied with three votes, and Wetzel and Williams splitting the remaining two.

   Kutz-Menard, however, won the second round.

Read the full story, including what she said to win the position on the School Board, in the April 27, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.