School Board - Members, meetings, contact information, contract information

School Board of Trustees

Scott Elzey

Scott Elzey, President:  Scott is passionate about his support for the community.  He continues to work toward ensuring that we are spending our money wisely, advocating for courses to prepare kids for career opportunities, not just college opportunities, working to improve teacher pay and benefits, and promoting a well-rounded education for all students.  Scott is a graduate of Norwell High School and Indiana University.  He has held various leadership positions at IBM, AT&T and Frontier Communications as well as operated his own consulting company.  He is married with two adult children and also serves on the Wells County Historical Society.  Scott enjoys the outdoors and spending time on the Wabash River with his grandson.


Donna Spear, Vice President: 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.  Donna has been employed as an attorney since 1991.  She and her family have lived in Wells County since 1996. 

Angie Topp

Angie Topp, Secretary:  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 7 grandchildren.  Sarah is a teacher at LES, Renee is a teacher in SWACS, Trisha is a stay at home mom, and Allee is a personal trainer. 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; the NEI Regional Partnership Board and the secretary on the Regional Development Authority.  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 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.  


This is the CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT between NORWELL CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION and the BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES of NORTHERN WELLS COMMUNITY SCHOOLS for August 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. This contract was approved by the NWCS school board on Oct. 16, 2018.

School Budget & Tax Rate Information

This link shows the property rate history generated for NWCS since 2008. The rates are list by each fund.
This presentation is a high level view of the 2019 School Budget. HEA 1009 & 1167 created changes in the funds schools use for managing school finances. Schools now have to create a budget for an Education Fund and an Operations Fund in additions to the traditional Debt Funds. This draft will be reviewed internally and revisions will be made prior to the Sept. 18th board meeting. Please contact Superintendent Scott Mills at 260-622-4125 or if you have any questions.
The is the new five (5) year bus replacement plan for NWCS as of 9-12-18. The hearing for the is plan is on Oct. 2, 2018 at 5:30 PM in the Board room at Central Office.
This is a worksheet NWCS uses to determine the amount needed to make the correct payment on the Debt Service. This worksheet does not include the Referendum Debt Service calculations used to pay for the Norwell High School Revitalization Project.
This is draft of the Capital Project Plan for 2019. This plan is subject to change.
This document shows both the items that are considered needs and items we consider as wish list items. The column on the far right shows the running total of costs if all projects were added together.

Gateway - Your link to budget transparency

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

Strategice Planning Committee

Strategic Planning Committee information can now be found on our main page at  In the left-hand column, click on NWCS Strategic Planning Committee.  You can click on "HOME" at the top of this page to get back to our main page.
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