RACINE — Twin Disc CFO Christopher Eperjesy will be the Racine Unified School Board’s next member.
A majority of existing board members on Monday voted for Eperjesy to fill the board seat vacated at the end of October when Bill Van Atta resigned because of an impending retirement and move to Florida.
Eperjesy, 44, of Caledonia, was chosen from a pool of eight candidates interviewed by the board Monday during a meeting at Unified’s central office, 3109 Mount Pleasant St. Board members asked the candidates questions and candidates also gave opening and closing remarks.
“I thought instead of sitting around the table talking about (education), that this could be an opportunity to give back,” Eperjesy, 44, said during his opening statement.
Eperjesy said his company encourages community involvement. Plus he wanted to get involved for the many Twin Disc employees who have children or grandchildren in the school district, he said.
Eperjesy is not a Unified parent himself. He has three children, but two are too young for school and the third attends The Prairie School, 4050 Lighthouse Drive, in Wind Point, he said.
Eperjesy received five votes from existing board members at Monday’s meeting; each of the board’s eight members got one vote. The other candidates were Cecilia Anguiano, Berenice Beltran Maldonado, Michael Frontier, Roger Pfost, Paul Sloth, Damian Valentine and Bob Wittke Jr. Four others expressed interest but did not show up for the interview meeting.
Eperjesy will likely take the board’s oath of office at a meeting on Dec. 17, board President Dennis Wiser said.