Among 12 current and past board members he has sat with at the table, Bettice said he was grateful for two, now deceased, who helped early on. Lowell Yorn encouraged Bettice to run for the position and Chuck Luce provided campaign advice. Once he was elected, former trustees Ron Green and Dick Placke “both had to show me … how to be a good board member,” such as learning to come to meetings prepared. They urged him to serve “to the best of your abilities.”
Former Batesville High School teacher Chris Campbell was the Batesville Educators Association president when Bettice was BCSC president. He said, “Chris and I talked on a number of occasions and I appreciated his counsel ... We were able to share things with each other” so a good working relationship could be fostered.
He praised Lowery’s “magnificent job of running this board .... You are a true professional and our schools have benefited from your leadership and I commend you for it.”
The trustee said their job of setting policy is easy, noting current and former superintendents Roberts and Dr. Jim Freeland have done “the heavy lifting” of implementation. “We are where we are today because the two of you are great leaders.”
Bettice was in awe of volunteer Dave Raver’s “countless hours helping the school corporation behind the scenes” trying to build a consensus for recent building projects and also the Ivy Tech Community College expansion. “He is a steady hand and a level-headed man. I think the world of him.”
Then it was time to thank his family. Mother Mary Bettice encouraged her son to run. “She’s the one who reminded me many years ago, ‘To those who have been given much, much is expected.’” Oldest daughter Holly was his sounding board during elections and youngest daughter Kristen, a rookie teacher, “got to teach me” about educational issues, especially the new RISE teacher evaluation process “and how teachers are affected by state laws and school board policies.”