Winkelmann to resign from school board

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John Winkelmann has announced he is stepping down from his position on the School District of Beloit Board of Education.

BELOIT - School District of Beloit Board of Education member John Winkelmann announced today he is resigning effective Oct. 23 in an email to the board.

In an interview Friday night Winkelmann said he's fallen in love and is getting married for the first time. With his future spouse still working in a location outside of Beloit, he said he would be in and out of Beloit and wouldn't have enough time to adequately serve as a board member.

"I leave encouraged by the changes I have observed and by the addition of our new superintendent. I do think the board's commitment to a new way of governing is on target and will help the district make the needed changes to ensure success for all students," Winkelmann said.

Winkelmann is a retired dean of students at Beloit College who previously served on the school board for 20 years including a stint as president. In April 2019, he was elected to serve another term.

"John Winkelmann has served on the Beloit School Board for more than 20 years and has been very dedicated to our community, our schools, and our students. While we are all very happy for John, we will definitely miss his calm nature and the knowledge that so many years of experience brings. We wish him all the best," said Board of Education President Pam Charles.

Charles said the notice would be posted right away. Board policy requires a notice of vacancy be available for a minimum of 20 days.

Applications will be available at the George Kolak Education Center, 1400 Fourth St., and will be due Friday, Oct. 11 by 5 p.m.

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