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Two local school boards see changes

The Phoenix-Talent School Board has a new vacancy to fill as it heads into a season of budgeting, including vying for new funding from the state’s new Student Investment Account.

Shana Vos resigned Feb. 6, leaving Position 6 open for another volunteer to fill until the seat comes up for election in 2021.

(She) leaves some very big shoes to fill,” said Craig Prewitt, chair and 28-year school board veteran, of Vos. “We all love her and she will be sorely missed.”

Prewitt said he feels confident, though, that other community members will step up to fill the open seat, a decision that falls to the remaining board members.

“We have a lot of really top-notch volunteers in the Phoenix-Talent community,” he said.

The board will accept applications for the position until March 4, the day before it will interview candidates in a public meeting.

As the Phoenix-Talent School Board prepares to fill its opening, the Ashland School Board, which saw its chairperson depart in November, has a new member.

“I’m happy that we’ve finally reached closure on this,” said Jim Westrick, chair of the Ashland School Board. “Because we have a lot of work to do.”

Tomas Monter-Rangel was appointed to fill the seat vacated at the end of 2019 by Deneice Covert Zeve.

Westrick said six volunteers, all of them “extremely qualified,” applied for the position. In the end, Monter-Rangel’s experience supporting early childhood education and his well-established connections to the Ashland community, including Latinos, made him stand out, Westrick said.

“I think he’ll be a fantastic addition to our board,” he said. “It feels great to be back at full strength again.”

Zeve served on the Ashland School Board for six years. She expected to be traveling more in the months to come, she said, and was ready for a break.

During his years on the Phoenix-Talent School Board, Prewitt said he has seen a number of board members depart. He and his fellow members will be looking for a few key traits in a new members, he said.

The ability to listen well is important, Prewitt said, as is the ability to communicate effectively.

“A person who is a board member anywhere should have a willingness to work long hours, knowing their only compensation is being able to witness firsthand increased student success,” he said.

Prior experience serving on a board isn’t necessary, but would be a plus, he said, as the new member will likely need to hit the ground running.

“It probably took me two years just to get through all the acronyms in public education,” he said.

Interested applicants who live within Zone 2 in the district (Phoenix/Medford) can pick up materials at the district offices, 401 W. Fourth St., Phoenix, or online. Questions can be directed to the board secretary at 541-535-1511.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

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