The Ottumwa Courier


April 15, 2014

School board member resigns


When the Browns were ready to send him to New Orleans, he decided it'd be best to pursue his other passion: education. Around 1971, he started his teaching and coaching career at Drake.

He came to Ottumwa for the opportunities at Indian Hills, which he called a "great organization." He has a doctorate in education, and, even after his retirement, has continued to teach a couple of classes each semester to aspiring teachers.

But retirement, he said, has also allowed him and his wife to travel a lot more.

"My grandchildren are at the age where they are into everything, so we travel as much as we can to participate," Oswalt said. "With the summer activities coming up, we decided it was time."

Mitchell asked district financial consultant John Donner what the board's obligation would be. Donner, former board secretary, is familiar with state regulations over Iowa school districts.

Donner said he believes the board will have 30 days after Oswalt's position is officially vacated to appoint a replacement.

The Wapello County Auditor's Office confirmed that is indeed the case. Also, there is not a provision for residents to petition for an election instead. Voters can choose a candidate during the next scheduled election.

"It's been very positive," said Oswalt, "but it's time for new blood and new ideas."

— News reporter Mark Newman is on Twitter @couriermark


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