SACS names new school board member

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Southwest Allen County Schools has a new board member.

Doug Copley was voted in as the newest board member Wednesday night. Copley was one of more than two dozen candidates vying for the job.

Copley will take over former board member Tom Rhoades’s seat who resigned on Nov. 5. Copley previously ran for the seat against Rhoades, who was elected in November 2014. Rhoades has served as the board’s president, vice president, and trustee.

He joins at a time when school boards across the country are dealing with difficult pandemic decisions as well as tension from parents. However, Copley said he has a fondness for the district and has high hopes when it comes to working with the Southwest Allen community.

“We do kind of need a steady calm and hopefully I can I can help the team bring that and I’m a fan of the administration here quite a bit and I’d like to do everything I can to support them,” said Copley. “Help the teachers know and a lot of teachers for years, the coaches and I think they’re great people and loving, caring people and so really to help support them really is my name of the game.”

While he is anticipating more pandemic-related issues to arise, he is also expecting to see several big topics come up soon.

“There’s growth in the north part of the district along Bass Road,” Copley said. “I think we’re gonna run into an issue with overcrowding now in certain schools so I’d like to help not just focus so much on today’s loud spirited topics, but also be able to plan and execute that longer-term vision.”

Copley is currently the President and CEO of Helios Solar Power and lives in southwest Allen County. He will take over Rhoades’s term which expires at the end of 2022.

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