The Fenton Board of Education has appointed two new members to the board. They are Scott A. Pushman and Emily K. Rossmaessler.
“Scott and Emily will serve until Dec. 31, 2020,” said Superintendent Adam Hartley. “These board seats will be on the November 2020 ballot.”
Pushman and Rossmaessler will replace Rick Koester and Kristen Harmon, who resigned from their positions during a special Feb. 20 meeting.
Koester moved to the west side of the state and Harmon chose not to share her reasons for resigning.
Koester’s term expires 2020 and will be a six-year term on the November 2020 ballot. Harmon’s term expires in 2022 and will be the partial term seat on the ballot in November 2020.
Pushman will be on the ballot for the six-year term.
Pushman, 37, grew up in Fenton and graduated from Fenton High School in 2000. He went to Michigan State University for his undergraduate degree in communications, Central Michigan University for a graduate degree in administration and then to Michigan State University for his Executive MBA.
He is currently the president of the Fenton Education Foundation Board of Directors.
Pushman works in the insurance industry as a consultant working with employers and their broker to offer benefits to their employees. He is married to Kelly and they have two young, school-age children.
“Fenton is a great community. A lot of work will be put into keeping it a great community, I just want to do my part,” Pushman said.
“I am excited and honored to be part of the school board. My focus is to continue towards building the best possible educational experience for our students.”
Rossmaessler, 34, is married to Tyler and they have three young children, one now in kindergarten and two toddlers. She graduated from Swartz Creek High School, then earned her bachelor degree from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. She earned her master’s degree in education from George Mason University in Virginia.
“In this season of my life, I am at home with our two youngest children,” Rossmaessler said. “Previously, I have worked as the development director at Carriage Town Ministries in Flint and as an elementary and middle school teacher in Washington, D.C.
“I am passionate about creating life-long learners,” she said. “I want to lend my energy, talents and expertise to help ensure Fenton Area Public Schools provides the best education for the students in our community. My hope is to contribute to the continuous improvement of Fenton Area Public Schools. My contributions will be grounded in listening, observing, relationship building and research. I am honored to serve.”
Hartley said, “I appreciate the board and their leadership through this process. Fenton Area Public Schools is fortunate to have involved, caring citizens that want to make a positive difference.”