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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Mark GiaQuinta addresses some of the North Side High School students who will be attending "We the People" finals in Washington D.C. during a news conference at the school in March. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017 2:00 pm

Mark GiaQuinta appointed to state charter school board

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Mark GiaQuinta -- a former member and past president of the Fort Wayne Community Schools board -- now has another voice in education.

The Fort Wayne attorney was appointed to the Indiana Charter School Board, House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath announced today.

"Mark GiaQuinta has a vast and diverse history of community service, particularly in the area of education, and I believe his insights and energy will be valuable as we review the continued growth of the charter school industry in our state," Pelath said in a statement.

Established in 2011, the seven-member board serves as a sponsoring and regulatory entity for charter schools.

GiaQuinta previously was appointed to a term in July 2011 but resigned before the group held its first meeting to avoid violating a constitutional provision against holding dual lucrative offices. He resigned from the FWCS board this year.

He isn't one to decline an offer to serve, he said of agreeing to the charter school board post.

"My inclination is to always accept an invitation to do public service," he said.

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