ELIDA — Elida school board member Brad Settlage has missed mutiple school board meetings during the past three months because he was involved in an automobile accident.
The same accident is also leaving some question as to whether Settlage will be able to remain on the board.
“I am working at taking disability out at work,” said Settlage, who is a zoning inspector and police officer for American Township. “If I do that, I cannot work in public service again and that includes the school board.”
Reader letters have appeared in The Lima News questioning Settlage missing meetings in March, April and May, along with missing graduation.
Because he was rear-ended by a drunken driver Feb. 28, Settlage has had surgery on his left shoulder and has undergone repeated therapy. He is expected to have another surgery on his neck in the near future. Settlage said he has trouble sitting or standing for any length of time. He was off work as a zoning inspector for a couple of months and has not returned to the Police Department.
Settlage said he communicated with board President Dennis Fricke about the accident and let him know each month that he would be missing meetings. Fricke could not be reached for comment Monday.
Board members do not get paid when they do not attend meetings. Settlage plans to be at tonight’s regular school board meeting.
Settlage was elected to the board in November 2011. Despite controversy involving whether a zoning inspector should be allowed to sit on a school board, he was sworn into his four-year term in January 2012.
Settlage and board member Brian Anders have often been at odds with Superintendent Don Diglia and other board members, including over whether to return to the ballot this past May for a levy attempt. The board will begin discussing a possible November attempt tonight.