The board of trustees at Southwestern Illinois College has a new board member — John Blomenkamp.
Blomenkamp, who took his oath of office at the May 1 board meeting, replaces Kenneth R. Joseph, who retired from the board. Joseph had served more than two decades.
Blomenkamp, 50, of Freeburg, declined a News-Democrat request for an interview.
He previously served on the school board at Freeburg Community Consolidated District 70 and on the Freeburg Grade School Education Foundation.
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The Freeburg High graduate runs a farm, which has a 60-head cow/calf herd.
SWIC’s board of trustees unanimously approved a reduction in force of 47 full- and part-time positions at a special meeting last week. The dismissals are effective at the beginning of next fiscal year, July 1.