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Board of Education Vice President David Finn Resigns Effective Immediately

Rosanne Kurstedt will succeed him.

In a statement read by Westfield Board of Education President Rich Mattessich, Board Vice President David Finn resigned from his position effective immediately, citing an "urgent family medical matter."

Mattessich and fellow Board members Mitch Slater and Ginny Leiz thanked him for his three-and-a-half years of service.

The Board voted unanimously to elect Rosanne Kurstedt vice president. Finn's term was scheduled to end in January and he was not seeking re-election. As such, the Union County Superintendent said the Board does not need to fill the vacant seat in the interim. It will serve as an eight-member board until then. 

Check back with Patch tomorrow for additional details and more from tonight's meeting. 

Charlie Bowman - Archer Digital Photography October 03, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Thank you for your hard work for the past three and a half years.
Eva Natiello October 03, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Congratulations to Rosanne Kurstedt on her appointment to Board of Education VP!
Ed October 03, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Thank you David for your service.
Ed October 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Now it is time for the BOE to realize that the majority has spoken, based on the bond vote, and we are not confident in the BOE's budget management. I suspect there would have been an even bigger majority turnout for the bond vote, if we received our property tax statements the week before the vote.
South Westfielder October 06, 2012 at 12:49 PM
What has she done to earn this role? She just got elected and as far as I can see hasn't done anything. At least Slater has been instrumental in getting technology center stage in teh schools.
Time For Change October 06, 2012 at 01:36 PM
@sw. Part of your issue is that you seem never to be able to see very far---- your reference to "as far as I can see". Take in a few meetings either in person or on tv. Ms. kurstedt is the chairman of the policies committee and although she is "newly elected", she has been instrumental in orchestrating an aggressive review of the districts policies of which there are hundreds. If you follow along, many of them have not been reviewed for many years. She seems to have the time for the added commitment or else she would not have accepted it and that is important. Really unfair of you to question this. How about using your voice to be productive?
South Westfielder October 07, 2012 at 02:48 PM
@Time for Change, on the contrary, I see deeper than most people, especially in this town. I scratch below the surface. I have watched her at most of the meetings and I don't see what you see obviously. I would hardly describe her role as playing a part in "orchestrating an aggressive review". As a taxpayer and parent, I have the right to question anything committees, boards, and local politicians do.
South Westfielder October 07, 2012 at 03:02 PM
To add...I just didn't understand how someone so new could be elected VP. The Board members can still select whoever they want whether I understand it or not.

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