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Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation

Board of School Trustees

The Clark-Pleasant School Board consists of five members. Two members represent Clark Township, two represent Pleasant Township and one member is an At-Large member.

Our school board, not only oversees our schools and represents the interests of those who live in their district, but they also are responsible for the adoption of district policies, hiring the superintendent, overseeing board meetings and taking actions that both serve our students and align with our district goals and strategies.

Meeting agendas and minutes as well as policies and other important information can be found within BoardDocs - HERE.

All regular board meetings are live-streamed and the link to those meetings can be found HERE. Board meetings are held the third Monday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. at the administration building located at 50 Center Street, Whiteland, Indiana.

School Board Members

The Clark-Pleasant school board were recipients of the Exemplary School Board Award for calendar year 2023 presented by the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA). Our entire board received the Level 1 Commendable Award for their commitment to student success and good governance by engaging in regular and ongoing learning and development. Board awards are based on the collective EGA status of individual board members as well as the completion of certain additional criteria as a unit.

Our board members receiving individual awards were:

Kimberly Crawford and Dave Thompson who received the Level 1 Commendable individual award and Butch Zike who received the Level 2 Advanced Award. Individual awards are based on points accumulated through attendance at ISBA events and activities.

Congratulations to our school board members and thank you for your service and commitment to Clark-Pleasant students, staff and community.

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson, board member, holds the Pleasant Township seat.

Mr. Thompson's service to the school corporation goes back decades. 
Mr. Thompson attended Indiana State University where he obtained both Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Education. He was a teacher at Clark-Pleasant Middle School for 39 years and coached wrestling and football for 40 years.   

Mr. Thompson and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Brooke and Brette. Brooke teaches English at Whiteland Community High School and Brette lives with her family in Fort Wayne. He is also the proud grandfather of Isabella, Ellenor and Vivian. He and his wife like vacationing in Panama City. Dave enjoys being outside and taking care of his yard.

David Thompson
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Kimberly Crawford

Kimberly Crawford

Kimberly (Kim) Crawford serves as President of the Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation School Board and holds one of the Pleasant Township seats. Mrs. Crawford has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and is currently employed at Rolls-Royce Corporation. Mrs. Crawford is married to John and has two children, Jackson and Kaelynn. Mrs. Crawford’s children attend Clark-Pleasant schools and she enjoys volunteering in their classrooms and at their after-school activities. 

Mrs. Crawford was appointed to the school board as the result of a vacancy in 2021. She won election in November 2022 and will be serving for the next four years. Mrs. Crawford looks forward to continuing to help and support the community and school district with all the challenges and opportunities in front of it. She is very excited about the Whiteland Community High School renovation project that will accommodate our growing community while upgrading the facility so that all students will be in one building with safe and secure entrances and better supervision capabilities while not raising taxes.

Kimberly Crawford, President  
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Kent Beeson

Kent Beeson

Mr. Kent Beeson currently serves as the Secretary of the Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation School Board and holds one of the Clark Township seats. Mr. Beeson is a graduate of Whiteland HIgh School and local business owner. Mr. Beeson and his wife, Leslie, own Beeson Mechanical and have three children attending the Clark-Pleasant schools.

Mr. Beeson believes the greatest assets of our school corporation are our students and staff.  This seems like an obvious answer, but without either, there would be no corporation. Teachers, administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, janitorial staff, coaches, assistants, and all other staff go into their careers to see the progression of all students. Mr. Beeson states that he has seen more programs put in place over the years to help students. He also states he has seen a more diverse population that has allowed for programs to include all students. He is proud that CPCSC tends to set our own standards, not always following in others footsteps. He believes it is important to lead the way and that being a leader will always get us farther, allowing us to succeed for many years to come.

Kent Beeson, Secretary
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Butch Zike

Butch Zike

Mr. Butch Zike holds our At-Large seat. Mr. Zike served on the Clark-Pleasant School Board from 2013 to 2016 and won election again in 2020. Mr. Zike is a graduate of Whiteland High School and has been a PE teacher, coach and Athletic Director at CPCSC. He currently coaches softball at Franklin College. Mr. Zike’s daughter, Bethany Guilfoy, is also a graduate of WCHS, and the Assistant Principal at Pleasant Crossing Elementary. His granddaughter, Cana, attends CPMS and is a member of the cheerleading team. 

Mr. Zike is an active supporter of the community and the Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation.  He is actively involved in the Alumni Association as well. 

Butch Zike
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Linda Polesel

Linda Polesel

Mrs. Linda Polesel serves as Vice President. She was elected to our school board representing Clark Township and began her first term in January, 2023.  Mrs. Polesel’s family includes four generations of Whiteland graduates, beginning with her father, who moved from Indianapolis to Whiteland in 1946 to fulfill a dream of running a family farm. Mrs. Polesel graduated from Whiteland along with her husband, her four children, and now her grandchildren attend CPCSC. Linda received her undergraduate degree from Ball State University, and later studied at IUPUI and Franklin College. She is a retired teacher from Clark-Pleasant and was first hired to teach 5th grade at Break-O-Day. She later taught Music, as well as a few other subjects, at Clark Elementary for a total of 38 years.

She is a lifelong member of Greenwood Christian Church serving on the Worship team and is a member of the Gingham Extension Homemakers. Although she is now retired, she still teaches piano lessons as well as cares for her 5-month-old nephew. Mrs. Polesel states that she is happy to now be able to serve on the School Board.

Linda Polesel, Vice President
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