Wrightstown School Board president calling it quits

Deadline to file as candidate is 5 p.m. January 2.

Posted at 2:30 p.m. on December 29, 2018

The Brillion News

WRIGHTSTOWN – Tom Gerrits, an Askeaton dairy farmer and member of the Wrightstown Community School Board for 20 years, will not seek another term.

He is currently the board president and has been for many years.

Gerrits is the only school board member who was on the board when the high school was built and opened 20 years ago. He later succeeded Jeff Meulemans as board president after two district referenda, both to build new elementary school facilities, were rejected by voters.

Gerrits is known as a soft-spoken man who encouraged other board members to take an active role. Under his leadership, the board’s committee structure was strengthened, open discussion and deliberation became the norm at board meetings, and the board began an active program of board member development. The district had few written policies when Gerrits became board president, and now written policies cover virtually every area of school operati0ns, with policies reviewed and updated regularly.

Gerrits and his wife, Anne, have three adult children. All graduated from Wrightstown High School. Gerrits and his brother, Mike, own and operate the family’s Country Aire Farms.

The deadline for candidates to file nomination papers and other ballot access documents is 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019. School board nomination papers do not require signatures by electors, only a signed statement of candidacy.

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