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School Board

                                      2018 BOARD MEMBERS  AND  OFFICERS
Scott Elzey - President
Donna Spear - Vice President
Angie Topp - Secretary
Gene Donaghy - Member
Peggy Eschenbacher - Member

Scott Elzey: Scott has been on the NWCS Board since 2003 and has served as Board President since 2014. He is a graduate of Norwell High School and Indiana University.  He has held various management positions at IBM, AT&T and Frontier Communications as well as operated his own consulting company.  He is married with two adult children and has served on the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission.  Scott enjoys the outdoors and spending time on the Wabash River.



Donna Spear: Donna has served on the board since 2006 and currently serves as Vice President. She previously served as Board Secretary. She is a graduate of Purdue University and Valparaiso University School of Law and has been employed as an attorney since 1991. She and her family have lived in Wells County since 1996.  



Angie Topp: Angie currently serves as Board Secretary. She is the wife of Dean (Chip) Topp, and the mother of Alivia, 2015 graduate of NHS, Marianna, 11th grader at NHS, and Gavin, 8th grader at NMS. Angie is a lifetime resident of Wells County and represents Lancaster Township. She has spent most of her career in mortgage lending and is currently the Sales Manager and Sr. Loan Officer at American Mortgage in Bluffton. Angie is a member of the Apostolic Christian Church and on the board of FAM Ministries. Angie shares, “I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on the NWCS Board and to represent Lancaster Township.”

Gene Donaghy: Gene has served on the board since 1997; as member; president; and vice-president. He is a 1973 Norwell graduate and a 1977 undergrad of Purdue.  He is retired after 38 years with I&M and Northeastern REMC.  He is married to Marla and have 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  Sarah is a teacher at LES, Renee is a teacher in SWACS, Trisha is a stay at home mom, and Allee is an athletic trainer at The Worxout and FWO.  Gene is the Governor's Representative to the Northeast Indiana Regional Coordinating Council and a member of the Regional Development Authority for Northeastern Indiana;  the Wells County Economic Development Council; the Northeast Indiana Foundation; and the NEI Regional Partnership Board.  They attend the Markle Church of Christ.  Doing what is in the best interest of the kids and the community is his commitment to NWCS.


Peggy Eschenbacher: Peggy is the newest member of the Board – elected in 2015.  She has been married for 30 years to Rod, and they have 3 sons and 2 grandsons.  She and her sons were educated in Northern Wells schools.  Her family attends Hope Missionary Church in Bluffton.  Peggy is also a child advocate with Allen County CASA and a mentor with Kids Hope USA. 


School Board Agenda

School Board Meetings

Unless otherwise announced, our School Board meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. March, July and December are exceptions due to breaks.  You are welcome to call our central office at 260.622.4125 to confirm the date and time of our next School Board meeting.  The meetings are held in our central office at 312 North Jefferson Street, Ossian or at one of our schools.

Contact School Board

The NWCS Board of Trustees wishes to foster an open-door environment and all input is valued. The Board meetings are open to the public and there is time for public comment before each meeting. In addition, you may send an email to the Board by clicking below and the Board will review your message and respond.
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Board Meeting Minutes

School Board Policies

Discussion Notes

Strategic Planning Meeting notes

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Tax Rate Information

This link shows the property rate history generated for NWCS since 2008. The rates are list by each fund.
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