New members chosen for Tipp BOE

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — Faced with narrowing down six candidates to three, Tipp City voters have chosen the new members of the Tipp City Board of Education.

Newcomers Theresa Dunaway and Andrew Venters will join the board alongside former board member Sam Spano.

Dunaway, who captured 21 percent of the vote, thanked the voters for their support. A recent transplant to the district, she will celebrate her two year anniversary of living in Tipp City as a school board member-elect.

“I’m very happy and stunned,” she said. “I’m a little scared, because I want to do a really amazing job.”

Dunaway, a stay at home mom with students in the district, said that she plans throw herself into researching her responsibilities.

“I’m really thrilled and humbled by the support,” Venters said. While there are some big issues facing the district — like school facilities and the stadium — he said that he will approach the job with no agenda. Venters received 18 percent of the vote.

Venters said his goal as a school board member would be to ensure a top notch education for all students in the district, through curriculum, quality teachers, and modern facilities.

“There are some big issues and a lot to do, and I want to approach things with common sense,” he said.

Spano is a previous member of the board, having served from 2000-2006. He ran on a platform of experience with past levies and building projects. He received 18.5 percent of the vote.

“Thank you to Tipp City voters. I am humbled and encouraged by your support,” Spano said. He congratulated both Dunaway and Venters, saying that he is looking forward to working with them and the rest of the board.

Don Watson, Jay Lopez and Amy Stueve also ran.

By Cecilia Fox