The guest speaker this month will be Denzil Adams. His topic will be, "What to look for in a School Board Candidate."
Adams has maintained a relationship with the school corporation for 55 years as a teacher, principal and videographer.
His teaching career began in 1955, first as a teacher at the former Meridian Street School for two years and then at the Pinckley Street School for one year.
In 1958, he was appointed as half-time teacher and principal of East Side Elementary School in addition to being principal of Pinckley Elementary School.
After a few years, he became a full-time principal at East Side until his retirement in 1992.
Following his retirement, he videotaped school board meetings, which may be viewed on cable television.
Prior to beginning his educational career, he served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
He credits this experience for assisting him to develop a strong work ethic and the importance of striving for optimum leadership and inspiration. In addition to his principal ship at East Side, he served on some occasional assignments, including public relations for the formation of the present Clay Community Schools, organizing the textbook rental program, local representative for contract negotiations for the "school board of trustees, director of the Federal Chapter One Program for the school corporation, and he also directed motivational and inspirational summer school sessions with the theme, "You Can, I Know You Can."
During his tenure, East Side Elementary School was recognized by the American Freedom Foundation At Valley Forge as one of the top 52 schools in the United States for promoting freedom and democracy through their approach to student government.
As a result of this experience, he was asked to make presentations at Indiana State University, DePauw University and the Indiana State Teachers Convention.
Previously, elections for school board candidates have taken place in the primary election.
However, a new law, which takes effect this year, provides for school board elections to take place in the general election in November.
Filing for school board candidates begins Wednesday, July 25, and ends at noon, Friday, Aug. 24.
All are invited to attend the meeting Monday.