Kelty replaces Merritt on Bremen school board

BREMEN — Sheila Kelty is the newest member of the Bremen school board.
Kelty was sworn in at the board’s July 23 meeting, corporation officials said recently. Her term runs through December 2014.
Kelty holds a doctorate of Health Administration from Central Michigan University and an MBA from Ball State University.
Kelty currently works as a health care financial advisor for Purdue University. She previously worked as vice president of Community Hospital of Bremen from 2005 to 2009.
Sheila’s husband is a retired public school teacher. They have two children – a son who graduated from Bremen public schools and a daughter who will be a seventh grader in the system.
“(She has) a very impressive background,” Board President Jack Jordan said in an email. “(She) will certainly help BPS Board of Trustees with her professionalism, diversity of life experiences, community involvement, and implementation of our strategic plan.”
Jordan said there was significant interest in the open board position, but only two official applications. 
“(It) made for a difficult decision given we had two extremely talented and capable applicants,” Jordan said.
School officials didn’t release the name of the other candidate.
Kelty replaces Frankie Merritt.
Merritt officially voiced his announcement of departure at the June 18 school board meeting, as he and his family are moving out of state, rendering him unable to complete his term.
Merritt was a board trustee for five years and has accepted a position at Beacon Capital Management in Franklin, Tenn.
“During his time on the school board, Frankie was instrumental in developing a rigorous strategic plan for Bremen Public Schools,” Jordan previously said. “In addition, his financial expertise was extremely helpful during a time of challenging school budgets. “Furthermore, Mr. Merritt was known for his insightful and penetrating questions.”
Also at the July 23 meeting, Jordan transferred from an in-town board representative to an out-of–town representative seat on the board.