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Tweten named to Jamestown Public School Board

The Jamestown Public School Board named Dan Tweten to fill the vacancy on the board created with the resignation of Bob Toso.

JSSP School News

The Jamestown Public School Board named a new member at a special meeting Thursday, according to Rob Lech, superintendent of the district.

Dan Tweten, chief system engineer at Collins Aerospace, was selected by the board over Mindi Schmitz to fill an unexpired term on the board.

Schmitz and Tweten had applied to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of Bob Toso from the board.

Tweten said he has always had an interest in education. He previously served on the board of the Victory Christian School and is currently the treasurer of the James River Figure Skating Club. He has three children, one of which graduated from Jamestown High School this spring and two still enrolled in the Jamestown Public School system.

"This is a way to serve the community in the broader sense," he said. "I have no particular issues in mind, I'm a major advocate of balancing progress with the budget."

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Lech said the selection process took several votes by the remaining school board members.

"At every vote, the school board said they would both be great candidates," he said.

Toso, who has served as superintendent of Pingree-Buchanan Public School, said he resigned in recognition of his conflict of interest.

"There are many students from Jamestown enrolled in Pingree-Buchanan," he said. "Because of that conflict, I kept recusing myself from some votes. It just got to be too much."

Tweten takes his seat on the Jamestown Public School Board representing residents of the city of Jamestown immediately and will serve through June 30, 2022. He is eligible to run for the position at that time.

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