Gelbmann wraps up service on South Washington County School Board
District 833 School Board member Jim Gelbmann wrapped up 18 1/2 years on the board with some laughs at a June 19 meeting.
Gelbmann resigned with about 18 months left on his term, citing professional and personal issues. Michelle Witte will fill out the rest of his term.
In closing remarks, Gelbmann said he initially sought a board seat out of concern about the large size of his eldest son’s first-grade classroom. He said District 833 improved each year during his tenure, and he has confidence in the school system. “I go out on a high note,” he said. “I think the district is in a very good position, poised for the future.”
Gelbmann also made reference to the at-times tense relationship he had with other board members, saying he was not always “the most agreeable person to get along with,” but they had the same goal in mind of doing well by the district’s students.
“My intentions were always in the right place,” he said to residents who may have disagreed with some of his positions.