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Postby Happy Mom » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:58 am

Process starts to replace Dawn Jones on South Bend school board
By Allie Kirkman South Bend Tribune Aug 23, 2019

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South Bend Tribune photo/GREG SWIERCZ This is the SBCSC building in South Bend.

Greg Swiercz

SOUTH BEND — The search has now begun to fill the vacated seat left behind by District 4 trustee Dawn Jones on the South Bend Community School Corp.’s board.


After serving on the board for 19 years, Jones, the newly elected South Bend city clerk, officially resigned Friday. In a recent Tribune story, Jones said she made the decision to give up her seat to ensure that she can devote all her time and energy to being clerk
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“In the time the she served, she has been committed to putting students first, to improving food and nutrition, to the ‘Transformation Zone’ and to improving schools for every student,” said Superintendent Todd Cummings. “She was an excellent public servant. We wish her the best.”

With Jones’ resignation, the school board is now beginning the appointment process to fill the vacated seat. According to the corporation’s board policy, the vacancy will be filled by school board members within 30 days.

The applicant who fills the interim seat is required to be a qualified voter within the boundaries of the corporation, a resident of District 4, 21 years or older and a resident within corporation boundaries for at least one year. Interested candidates cannot hold another position with South Bend schools.

Those interested are asked to send a cover letter and resume to board President John Anella before 5 p.m. Sept. 3. Applications can be mailed to the corporation’s Administration Building, 215 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in South Bend, or emailed to janella@sbcsc.k12.in.us.

Interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates.

During a public meeting Sept. 16, the school board will vote and appoint a new member to fill Jones’ remaining term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2020.

School board members are paid a base salary of $2,000 per year and earn $112 per regular board meeting and $62 per executive session meetings. Members are also offered the option of buying health benefits offered to other South Bend School Corp. employees.

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Re: SBCSC School Board

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:30 am

Two candidates vying to fill South Bend school board seat
By Allie Kirkman South Bend Tribune 1 hr ago


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Stephanie Ball, left, and Jasmine Brown, are running to fill the District 4 trustee seat on the South Bend School Board.

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SOUTH BEND — Two candidates went before the South Bend Community School Corp.’s board Monday to answer questions and share their ideas in hopes of being selected to fill the board’s vacated seat.

Stephanie Ball and Jasmine Brown were interviewed by the school board during its special meeting. One candidate will be selected to replace District 4 trustee Dawn Jones.

Jones, who served on the board for 19 years, is the newly elected South Bend city clerk.

South Bend School Board President John Anella said the board received other applications for the position, but Ball and Brown were the two that fit all the required qualifications: to be a voter within the boundaries of the corporation, a resident of District 4, 21 years or older and a resident within corporation boundaries for at least one year.

“People sometimes don’t realize it, but this is very important. (Being a member) is important work and hard work,” Anella said.

Ball, who recently worked as the director of homeownership for the South Bend Heritage Foundation, was the first to be interviewed for the open seat.

“Much of my professional career and personal volunteer efforts have centered around service to others,” Ball told the board. “I am a servant leader. I am able to engage with all ages, from various backgrounds. I am not afraid to walk the streets of District 4, going door to door if necessary to learn what and how we can impact the students that we serve.”

She has served with the foundation since 2011 and has previous work experience with the Housing Authority of South Bend, National Steel Corp., Key Bank and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development where she served as the regional development specialist, according to her cover letter and résumé.

She received a certificate in executive management from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 and has a master’s degree from Indiana University South Bend.

If selected to fill the board seat, Ball said her priorities will include focusing on the budget, broadening faculty diversity to reflect the student population and addressing the literacy achievement gap.

“I am confident that my experiences as a parent, professional and volunteer have prepared me to serve in this leadership role. It is a huge responsibility and I do not take it lightly,” Ball said.

Brown, who currently serves as the secretary/treasurer at Walt Disney Elementary School for the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp., is no stranger to the board. She regularly attends board meetings and takes to the podium during public comment and previously ran for South Bend school board in 2016.

“I am a team player. I am dedicated and I have been committed to South Bend Community School Corp. for a number of years. I am not new to this,” Brown said. “I have shown my commitment and I have done my homework, specifically by attending board meetings over the last couple of years on a continuous basis. I am not new here and I just didn’t show up today.”

She previously worked as a guidance office registrar for PHM and as a charter school teacher for Veritas Academy in South Bend, according to her cover letter and résumé. She also worked as emergency certified teacher from 2009 to 2010 and as a substitute teacher from 2003 to 2008 for the SBCSC.

Brown received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in teaching at Marian University.

If she is selected, Brown said, her priorities will mirror those of Superintendent Todd Cummings. She will focus on retaining financial stability, diversity with making sure “number of disproportionality match the numbers of equality and equity” and that she is the advocate promoting change for students and parents of the community.

“I want an opportunity to sit, not only to be a person in the audience, but the one to be able to advocate and make the change. I want to be the agent for our corporation,” Brown said.

The school board will return for a public meeting Sept. 16 to vote and appoint a new member to fill the remainder of Jones’ term, which ends on Dec. 31, 2020.

Anella said the selected member will officially be sworn in to serve on the board next week as well.

School board members are paid a base salary of $2,000 per year and earn $112 per regular board meeting and $62 per executive session meetings. Members are also offered the option of buying health benefits offered to other school corporation employees.

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