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Former School Board President Back In the Fold

Brian Kaminski picked as newest member of Oak Creek-Franklin School Board.

Brian Kaminski has been chosen to replace Jim Gilmeister on the School Board.

School Board members Frank Carini, Kathleen Borchardt, Paul Mason and Mark Verhalen voted unanimously Monday night to appoint Kaminski to the position. He previously served on the board from 1998-2007, including several years as president. 

He was selected over Sheryl Cerniglia, who was also vying for the position and, like Kaminski, had previous experience.

"Both are very, very qualified. Both have great track records with our district," Mason said. "In the end, Brian has served as president of this board for a number of years. With his track record of being a strong school board member and president, I think he will fill this vacancy very nicely for us."

Borchardt mentioned Cerniglia's leadership of the Spirit Club, which sells Oak Creek Knights apparel, and issues that needed to get cleared up, though she didn't elaborate.

"We just went through the whole thing with Jim and I'm worried about Spirit Club. I feel like that needs to get resolved," Borchardt said.

"I feel like we would be muddying the water if we were to choose to bring Sheryl to the board after we told Jim he had to decide between the two."

Board members made comments and took the vote after interviewing both candidates in closed session. 

Kaminski, who left prior to the vote being taken and was unavailable for comment afterward, will serve the remaining four months of Gilmeister's term before the April 2012 election.

Cerniglia was . She said she thought board members would have wanted someone who was on the School Board recently, rather than four years ago like Kaminski.

Cerniglia has said that she plans to run again for the board in next spring's election.

Patriot November 29, 2011 at 04:09 PM
There is more to the whole reason why those individuals are no longer involved.
OC Mom November 29, 2011 at 04:27 PM
"Muddying the water" to choose Sheryl??? You're kidding me right? I think the water is already pretty dirty here. Sheryl volunteers her time because she cares about the students and families in this district, not because she's on the district payroll. I agree with everything posted here about the Board needing to come clean and get rid of all the "yes members" who just do whatever they're persuaded to do by the superintendent. The OC Community needs to know the truth and we need people like Sheryl on the board who will listen to us and represent us without bias.
Bob November 29, 2011 at 07:37 PM
c'mon Patriot say what you mean. Don,t make vague comments
Mark Schaaf November 29, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Discussion is just fine but FYI...this cannot be a place to spread rumors.
Sheryl Cerniglia December 01, 2011 at 02:25 PM
It is my understanding that I was not selected to fill the vacancy because the board was concerned that paperwork for tax exempt status had not been completed for the Oak Creek High School Spirit Club (a group that I am currently part of). The process for completion of this paperwork had aleady begun before the board vacancy ocurred and will continue until completion.

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