Chris Fenn has several topics he wants to address if elected to the at-large seat for the Westfield Washington Schools Board of Trustees. His two main issues are mental health and financial solvency.
On the mental health side, Fenn wants to explore creative ways to bring therapists into the school system and find a way to offer coping mechanisms for students struggling with anxiety, which he said can turn into depression in adulthood.
Financial solvency also is an important topic for Fenn. He said maintenance has been neglected by previous WWS administrators.
“I want to see us be in a situation where we have a contingency or rainy day fund, so if we need a new roof in the school, we can put a new roof on the school and don’t have to budget out for it,” he said. “We live in this well-to-do area and yet our school system is suffering. The only way to generate revenue is a referendum, and that’s why the public is upset.”
Fenn and his family moved to Westfield in 2010 following a new career opportunity for him in the health care sector. He has a degree in public relations and marketing from the University of Southern Indiana.
The at-large incumbent is Amber Huff Willis, the board’s secretary who is running for re-election.
Outside of work and family, Fenn enjoys playing competitive beach volleyball and nature activities, such as hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Fenn is married to his wife, Summer. They have a daughter, Harper, who attends Carey Ridge Elementary School. For more, visit facebook.com/FennforSchoolBoard/.