Nick Skogen

As July was the last meeting for former Isle School Board chair Karen McQuoid, the board’s regular Aug. 19 meeting saw them restructuring to fill McQuoid’s position as board chair and her vacant seat. An election for officials was held, the application of new board member Nick Skogen was accepted, and one or two of the board’s committee seats were rearranged.

The new board chair

As the meeting began, vice chair Randy Christensen filled in as acting chair. Elections were immediately held to fill the open office of chair, and board member Jason Gallion was nominated and elected unanimously by the board. Despite Gallion’s former position of clerk being the only one open, the board proceeded to re-elect the remaining officers to be sure procedures were correctly followed. Randy Christensen kept his position as vice chair, as did Ronni Schmidt for the position of treasurer. Amanda Strecker was elected to fill the position of clerk.

During the meeting’s new business, the board also filled the vacancy left by McQuoid. Gallion noted that there had only been one individual who had expressed interest for the position. Thus, the board unanimously moved to appoint Nick Skogen to fill the board’s vacancy. Skogen will hold the interim position until McQuoid’s seat is put to vote in the election in Nov. of 2020. At that time, Skogen can apply to be on the ballot to fill out the remaining two years of McQuoid’s term.

There will be a 30-day waiting period before Skogen can take his seat, during which the public can contest the board’s appointment. As the September board meeting falls within these 30 days, Skogen will not participate in a school board meeting until October.

The board also reviewed their current committee membership to fill openings left by McQuoid’s resignation. As the Negotiations committee could meet several times before Skogen’s first meeting, Strecker joined the Non-certified Negotiations committee and Schmidt joined the Certified. McQuoid’s remaining openings will be filled in October once Skogen officially joins the board.

Briefs

• Tyler Soderstrom reported that participation in fall sports was up this year across the board.

• Dean of Students Melissa Maxwell reported that a new Little Free Library had been set up in front of Nyquist Elementary.

• The board accepted the resignations of elementary phy. ed. Teacher Michael Merritt and bus driver Dale Peterson.

• New hires included Nancy Miller as head varsity volleyball coach, Susan Sussman for speech and language pathology services, Nicole Chavez for assistant JV volleyball coach, and Delaphine Thomas and Tom Phillips, both as bus/van paras.

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