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Bartz's business acumen, volunteerism stand out

Olentangy school board selects Orange Township resident for empty seat

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The newest member of the Olentangy school board is no stranger to volunteer work in the district.

The board voted 3-0 at its July 9 meeting to appoint Roger M. Bartz of Orange Township to replace outgoing board member Stacy Dunbar. Board member Adam White was not present for the meeting.

Bartz, senior client service manager at TRC Environmental Corp. in Gahanna, will serve out the remainder of Dunbar's term, which ends in December 2015. Dunbar resigned in June after she and her family decided to move outside of the district.

Before joining the board, Bartz had served for multiple terms as president and vice president of the Olentangy Orange Athletic Boosters and was co-chairman of the Orange Turf Committee. The school board selected Bartz from a group of 41 candidates who submitted applications.

"I was very honored to be selected (from) such a large group of applicants," he said.

Bartz was one of three finalists for the position who were interviewed by board members July 9. The other two finalists were David L. Celona of Berlin Township and Karen A. Clark of Orange Township.

Board President Kevin O'Brien said Bartz's professional history and volunteerism made him stand out.

"As we debated and talked through the three candidates, it became clear that Roger had the best mix of business experience and community involvement," he said.

Bartz said he hoped to eventually take Dunbar's seat on the board's Facilities Committee. He said he's experienced in reviewing the finer details of construction contracts, which should be useful to the district.

"I'd like to focus on any and all of the larger capital projects coming up," he said.

Bartz said he intends to run for a full term on the school board after Dunbar's term expires.

"I didn't take this (appointment) just to fill a seat for a short amount of time," he said.

O'Brien said he was sure Bartz would be a good fit for the board after watching him work on the turf committee, which oversaw a volunteer effort to install a new field surface at Orange High School's football stadium.

"Roger has a very even-keeled leadership style," O'Brien said.

Bartz said he looks forward to working closely with the board and the public as his term continues.

"I'll be accessible to anyone and everyone who wants to reach out to me," he said.

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