June 13, 2007
In a closed door meeting Wednesday night, the Charlottesville School Board named Charles Kollmansperger their interim member. With the vacant spot left by Louis Bograd, Kollmansperger decided to throw his name in the hat. He will now serve on the board for six months, beginning July 11.
“We chose Charlie, and it was a unanimous vote,” said school board vice-chair Peggy Van Yahres.
Kollmansperger was chosen from four candidates who Van Yahres said were all qualified to fill the position.
“We thought all the candidates had a lot to offer any of them could have served with distinction,” said Van Yahres
Kollmanspeger is a UVa graduate and teacher in the Charlottesville school system. He ran for a seat on the school board before, but he said he has no plan to run next year. Temporarily serving on the board, he said, gives him an opportunity to gain experience and possibly run again.
“This will be a opportunity to kind of see the other side and also to work on some of the decisions that affect our teachers and students,” said Kollmansperger.
Along with passion for education, Kollmansperger's experience in the classroom is exactly what the board was looking for.
“It's a short-term, obviously temporary appointment, but who has experience and knowledge of our school system so really can come in running,” said Van Yahres, adding that just because this is only a six-month appointment, doesn't mean it was any less important.
“You never know what may come up in those six months,” said Van Yahres.
Kollmansperger said he thinks now is great time to come on board.