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Westview hires new finance director


Westview School Corporation is seeing changes in its corporation office after Thursday’s board meeting.

On Thursday, the board first approved the resignation of Bob Evans as deputy superintendent. Evans served as the district’s curriculum director prior to assuming the finance director duties last year and being named deputy superintendent.

Evans is heading to the Goshen schools this summer.

The board hired Brian Christner as director of finance starting July 1. Christner was a controller at Honeyville Metal prior to getting married and moving to Elkhart County. Christner earned his CPA certification in 1989 and his MBA from Indiana University at South Bend in 1995. Christner spent the last 17 years as treasurer at Liberty Homes.

In 2011, Christner and his wife moved back to LaGrange County. They have three children, two attending Goshen College and one entering Purdue this fall.

In other business:

The board approved policy updates on first reading.

The board approved the proposed textbook fees for Westview High School. No changes are expected for the general fees.

The board was told that three sections of the high school roof will need replacement. The board gave permission to seek quotes or, depending on the estimated costs, let the job out for bids this summer.

The board was told that the high school auditorium lighting controls need replaced. Cost estimates will be presented at the July meeting. The new controls are expected to cost $65,000 to $70,000.

The board was told that the Town of Shipshewana had informed the district that it would no longer provide a crossing guard at the east corner of Shipshewana-Scott Elementary School. The board asked Superintendent Randy Zimmerly to get clarification from the town.