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BTC Board appointment reconsidered

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
April 17, 2012

Craig Duncan of Milton will join the Blackhawk Technical College Board on July 1.


The committee that appoints board members named Beloit attorney Ed Grutzner to the position in March. The committee later found out the appointment violated state law.


The law requires the BTC Board comprise people from different walks of life, including people who are employers and employees.


Grutzner and Duncan applied for the board’s employee member, and Grutzner was chosen.


Grutzner is technically an employee of his law firm, said Russ Podzilni, Rock County Board chairman. Podzilni and Green County Board Chairman Art Carter make all the appointments to the BTY Board.


But Grutzner does not qualify as an employee under the laws governing the appointments process, officials learned later, Podzilni said.


“It was purely a misunderstanding,” Podzilni said, and when Grutzner was told of the matter, he immediately stepped down.


The rules do not allow for another round of nominations, so the only other applicant, Duncan, will be appointed when Podzilni and Carter meet Wednesday, Podzilni said.


Podzilni indicated he believes Duncan is fully qualified to serve.


Duncan is human resources manager for Kutter Harley-Davidson in Janesville and is the former principal of Milton High School.


The other new person joining the BTC Board in July is Karen Schulte, Janesville public schools superintendent. The rules require a school district administrator from the BTC district be on the board.


BTC’s district comprises most of Green and Rock counties.



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