Batesville Community School Corp. trustee Mike Bettice considers his tenure “an opportunity for me to serve a community I love very much.”
Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts and others said goodbye to the 16-year trustee at his last monthly meeting June 24. Bettice chose not to run for re-election last November.
Roberts called him “a constant companion of mine for many, many board meetings.” When Bettice started his first term, Roberts was the Batesville Middle School assistant principal, he pointed out. “I’ve grown with Mike. I have certainly come to appreciate his wisdom and knowledge in serving on our board. He brings a lot of great information and insight from the community’s perspective.”
The four fellow trustees complimented Bettice on his sound advice. Ray Call noted, “It’s been a pleasure to see how it’s done.”
According to Wanita Linkel, “If you have any questions, he’s willing to try and answer them.” Dr. Steve Stein added, “We know Mike is the bastion of knowledge …. He’s right most of the time.”
The fifth trustee, BCSC board President Chris Lowery, who succeeded Bettice in that role, explained he always was “trying to do the right things for our students and community … he brings just a really keen sense of business to the board,” which oversees a $20 million annual budget and 200 faculty.
“Mr. Bettice has been as responsible if not more responsible than anyone in driving the process of continuous improvement.” Lowery recalled that when important issues needed to be hashed out, sometimes the duo would take opposite sides “just to get some discussion going.”
Of his service, Bettice admitted, “I have enjoyed it nonstop.” In future years, he challenged board members when they change policies “to not go too far” on the pendulum.
Sounding like an Academy Award honoree, the Batesville resident began a litany of thank-yous, first to “the people of Batesville and Oldenburg for putting their trust in me. Since I was a high school senior, I wanted to be on the school board.”