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Rick Moze Rejoins the Greenfield School Board

The current six members selected him over Brandon Rosner and Paul Palama at a special meeting Monday.

The vote for Dave Richlen’s replacement on the Greenfield School Board came down to experience versus fresh perspective.

And experience won out.

Former board member Rick Moze was chosen by the six-member school board at a special meeting Monday. Moze collected four votes and Brandon Rosner two. Paul Palama did not receive a vote.

Moze will finish Richlen’s term, which expires in April 2013. in June when he and his family moved to Franklin.

Moze f behind Cathy Walsh, Russ Spahn and Len Cich, but returns to the board after a four-month hiatus.

“I know what’s happening in the district and don’t need to be brought up to speed,” Moze told the six-member board during Monday’s interview process. “I’ve been to 120 school events in the last year. I know what teachers, parents and citizens are thinking. That’s a valuable tool when you have to make tough decisions.”

“When I’m considering a replacement for Mr. Richlen, I feel like there won’t be time, with the issues we’re facing as a district, there’s not a lot of time to bring someone up to speed,” board member Cathy Walsh said. “There are crucial issues.”

Cich, who along with Don Carlson voted for Rosner, said the short time period played in favor of a new face.

“(A new candidate) could present an opinion that would be unbiased,” Cich said. “He would not be attached to the problems that we have been dealing with. That is critical.”

Said Carlson: “All three could hit the road running if they were selected. There’s advantages to experience, advantages to newcomers, new blood.”

Only six people were in attendance at Monday’s meeting, half of whom were the candidates and another being a local reporter.

Alicia Smokowicz August 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Rick Moze is no better then conrad
robert heule August 08, 2012 at 12:16 AM
A.R., Get the facts, you are 100% wrong.
robert heule August 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Hope is on the way.
Alicia Smokowicz August 08, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Mr. Heule-Is Right. It was the board (minus 2 who decided in advance
Terri August 09, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Thank you GSB. I cannot think of anyone who has kept himself more aware of the activities in the district than Rick Moze. He has attended board meetings as a citizen, worked with the Greenfield Foundation and communicated often with the district parents. He was clearly the best candidate.

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