Linda Wintjen filed for the upcoming Laurel school board election, a seat curently held by Dot Hickman who is serving her first term.
If you’re not familiar with the name, Linda is a local gal, the daughter of the late Alvin and Ruth Hitchens, long-time poultry growers and owners of 150+ farm land. She graduated from L.H.S. in 1971, one of 11 family members to graduate from Laurel.
She was married to the late Eddie Walmsley, they had two children, Kelly now an Education/Disabilities Specialists with Telamon Corp., Milford, and Kevin a former English teacher at Laurel, now a Guidance Counselor, and coach of the girl’s varsity basketball team.
Her husband Gary and Linda have ben married for 19 years.
Linda has been a fixture at the local school board meetings for the past 2 1/2 years and served on the referendum committee, and the committee to select a liaison person to oversee the building project. She and the committee did not recommend to the board the boards selection, rather recommended a building and grounds person, which was over ruled by the previous school board.
Linda has been endorsed by LEADS the group that organized in an effort to persuade the board to keep Dr. John McCoy on as superintendent and later endorsed Patrick Vanderslice who went on to defeat incumbent Calvin Musser by an overwhelming margin.