Greencastle-Antrim Board of Education names newest member

Board appoints Melinda Cordell to fill seat left vacant by resignation of Arnold 'Arnie' Jansen

January 21, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
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GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Melinda Cordell became the newest member of the Greencastle-Antrim Board of Education during a meeting Thursday.

By a 7-0 vote, the school board appointed Cordell to fill the seat left vacant when Arnold "Arnie" Jansen resigned in November after citing work-related issues. His resignation was effective Dec. 31.

Board member Michael Shindle was not present at the meeting.

Cordell, co-owner of Greencastle Notary Services, Greencastle, began her official duties at Thursday's meeting.

"It's something I've wanted to do for about four or five years. I have five children, and two of them have graduated. I still have three children in the system. My main focus is on education," Cordell said.

The 47-year-old Antrim Township resident said being a local taxpayer, as well as the mother of five, would help her make informed decisions as a board member.  

"My older son had to face some academic hurdles in order to achieve his goals. I just want to make sure that all the students are getting the education they need. I do feel the district is wonderful with that, but I just have an interest in being a part of that," she said.

The lifelong resident graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School in 1982.

Cordell and her husband, James, live at 6292 Angle Road in the township. Their children range in age from 26 to 9 years old.

She was one of four candidates interviewed for the position at a special public meeting on Jan. 13.

Cordell said she plans to run in the next general election to retain her seat on the board.

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