The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 1:00 am

EACS board in search of new member

Baker left to be facilities chief

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

East Allen County Schools board members will work today to find a replacement for the panel's vice president, who resigned and was hired as the district's facilities director. 

Chris Baker announced his resignation Nov. 8 in a one-sentence letter to board President Tim Hines. The letter does not provide a reason, and EACS spokeswoman Tamyra Kelly said he was one of seven interviewed.

Baker will supervise maintenance of buildings and grounds for the system's 16 schools and administration building. 

“EACS interviewed seven (candidates), and the committee recommended to the board the best candidate,” Kelly said in an email Monday. “The board approved the recommendation.” 

Baker was elected in 2012 and has represented District 4E since 2013, when he was a manager with The Etica Group, an architectural and engineering consulting firm. 

Board members will interview candidates to replace him at a 5:30 p.m. meeting at the district's central office in New Haven. Candidates applied to be interviewed, but Kelly said she did not know how many will speak to the board. A new board member could be selected at a meeting next month, she said.

Asked about the facilities director salary, Kelly said it is $57,166 “for the remainder of this school year.” 

Baker replaces Doug Roemer, who died Aug. 26 and started with EACS in 1980 as a mechanic, working his way up to be facilities director. 

Baker regularly attended board meetings before being elected to replace Alyssa Lewandowski and told The Journal Gazette in Dec. 2012 he would push for accountability and transparency. 

He could not be reached for comment. 

Board members last replaced a fellow panelist in 2016, when Leland Etzler resigned because of health issues. His wife, Gayle, took his seat on the board. 

Baker's replacement will serve out his term, which expires Dec. 31, 2020.

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