Conybeare fills vacant SJ school board seat

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — One week after interviewing for the position, Barry Conybeare was sworn in Monday night as the newest member of the St. Joseph school board.

Conybeare, who fills the open board seat vacated by Tamara Patrick in January, said after the regular meeting he looks forward to serving the community and its students.

The current term expires in 2018, which means Conybeare will serve from now until the November 2016 election. At that time, he may choose to run for the remainder of the term.

The St. Joseph resident is the parent of four children – three of whom attend school in St. Joseph’s district. Conybeare has served on the board of directors for the Berrien County Bar Association, Point O’Woods Golf and Country Club, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan, Planned Parenthood Mid-Michigan Alliance, Curious Kids’ Museum and Lake Michigan College Foundation.

He is also an attorney with Conybeare Law Office in St. Joseph.

“I am excited to have Barry on our board. I think he will bring the insights and experience we are looking for and his long history in the community is definitely of high value,” said Superintendent Ann Cardon. “With his record of board involvement in other local entities, I am confident it will be a smooth and quick transition.”

Board President Amy Porritt-Peirce was not present for Monday’s meeting, but released a statement on the board’s newest member.

“The board would like to first and foremost thank all of the candidates that applied for the open position. It is obvious that we have many community members that see the importance of keeping our schools strong and have a great willingness to serve,” Porritt-Pierce stated. “We are excited to welcome Barry Conybeare to the board. Barry will provide new and fresh opinions regarding the challenges and issues that we are currently facing.”

Conybeare was one of two candidates that interviewed for the open position.

Trustee Amy Marohn was chosen to be the board’s next vice president, as the board had been without one since Patrick’s resignation.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Feb. 9, 2016)

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