Redistricting hopes to gain more volunteers
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
Voters in the Chewelah School District recently approved a measure that reorganizes the five-seat school board into three positions that require board members live in a certain area and two that are “at large.” The measure was put on the Nov. ballot and passed with a 76 percent approval rate.
A new volunteer, Lori Larsen, is scheduled to be appointed to one of the “at-large” positions at the Dec. 21 board meeting.
Removing the specific residency requirements for at least two of the board positions may help the school board garner more volunteers in the future, according to the district. The district has had challenges in past finding new volunteers. The pos. 4 seat, formerly held by Tim Whitley, sat vacant for over a year while the school board attempted to find someone living in the district that would be willing to serve on the school board.
With the new districts in place, three of the current board members will remain in a geographically tied district and one will move to “at large”. The board positions, starting in January, will keep board members John Eminger, Loretta Burkey and Deanna Norvell in the three geographic districts and board member Clint Kirry will become an “at large” board member.
Lori Larsen, who is scheduled to be appointed to the second “at large” position, will serve a one-year term that will expire in 2017, at which time it will be up for election on the Nov. 2017 ballot. All school board members serve 4-year terms that expire on a staggered schedule. John Eminger and Clint Kirry will also be up for election in 2017.