EATON TWP. — The Midview school board selected Dan Haight as its newest board member during a meeting Tuesday.
Haight, who was an interim board member, will replace David Kleinhenz, who died June 20 after a lengthy illness. He was 51.
According to Board President Tom Tomasheski, Haight was selected from a pool of seven candidates for his level-headedness and prior community, employment and educational experiences. As chief operating officer of The LCADA Way, Haight regularly assists in developing and implementing programs for the betterment of the community, he said.
“My hope for Dan in his new position is that he continues to lead collaborative efforts in achieving goals for the schools in order to accomplish what is best for Midview students,” Tomasheski said. “I also hope he continues to maintain his connections with our community so he can offer his insight as the board makes important decisions based upon what is best for the district moving forward.”
In recent years, Haight has played an active role at Midview and in the community. He not only graduated from Midview, but he moved his family to the Midview district.
“I want to help continue to make Midview a top-notch school system, which in turn will bring more families to our area and create a better community,” Haight said. “I have a strong background in business and technology, as well as experience working on other boards. I hope to apply all of these experiences to my new position on Midview’s board.”
In the short term, Haight knows he has plenty to learn in the day-to-day operations of the district’s schools and the state mandates that teachers and administrators must navigate.
His long-term goal is to expand community involvement with the schools.
Ultimately, Haight hopes he can begin to fill the void of losing Kleinhenz. Serving for six years on Midview’s board, Kleinhenz was always focused on doing what was best for the students while being judicious to taxpayers. He was part of many of the board’s recent accomplishments, including the passage of a new levy and a new artificial turf field for football and soccer.
“I would like to thank Dave (Kleinhenz) for his many years of service as a school board member, and he will be sorely missed,” Superintendent Bruce Willingham said. “His legacy will continue at Midview in the form of a scholarship fund. We are grateful for community members like Dave and Dan, who understand our concerns and are passionate about bettering our district. I am excited to see the positive impact that Dan will make on our community.”