Kinsey, who said his father was a public school teacher for 35 years, said he felt compelled to help with “the reunification of our community.”
“I believe that every voice needs to be respected. Every story needs to be heard. All data needs to be analyzed. Every choice must be discussed and weighed,” he said in his application. “Then a decisive and clear path forward must be adopted, communicated well, and accomplished with integrity, building the trust of our entire community.”
In December 2019, 13-year veteran Bellbrook school board member Kathy Kingston retired, citing health concerns. She was replaced weeks later by appointee Kevin Price. In November 2020, Mary Frantz died suddenly, after serving on the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek school board for more than 30 years. She was replaced by appointee Audra Dorn.
After Long’s resignation, Kinsey was chosen from among 10 candidates, a list that included former school Superintendent Keith St. Pierre and vocal levy opponent John Stafford.
“Mr. Kinsey possesses a unique combination of skills and experience that will be a valuable asset to the school board and district,” board President David Carpenter said.
Four of the five school board seats will be up for grabs in the November election — the final two years of the Long/Kinsey term, plus the seats currently held by Dorn, Price and Virginia Slouffman, which are up for vote on their normal four-year cycle. Carpenter’s term runs through 2023.