The Vandalia-Butler Board of Education hit a home run when it appointed Missy Pruszynski to fill the vacant seat of Board President Bruce Sucher.
Sucher, who died suddenly last week, wanted people just like Pruszynski, a mom of three kids in the Vandalia-Butler school district, to run for the board. That goal, to recruit parents, is stated in the district’s strategic plan currently under development.
In full disclosure, Pruszynski is a friend, someone I have grown to admire and respect a great deal over the past few years. She is probably the person I work the most with in this job due to her position as the Deputy Clerk of Council and Secretary to the Vandalia City Manager.
That’s not why I think her appointment is a slam dunk.
Pruszynski brings nearly 30 years of experience in various positions in city government and Vandalia Municipal Court.
More importantly, education, both for her own children and the community, is a high priority. She is a person of character, integrity, high ethical standards, and compassion. Pruszynski is thoughtful and an independent thinker who will weigh issues on their merits while trying to do the right thing for the community.
The appointment is only until the end of the year – if Pruszynski desires to continue serving on the board she will have to run for election this November when three seats, including hers, will be up for election.
At that time, the voters can decide if her appointment was wise. I’m guessing they will concur.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.