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Klun returns to Superior School Board

The Superior School Board will have a full complement again at its July meeting.

Members voted unanimously Wednesday to name Mary Klun to the open seat on the Board.

The seat was left vacant by the resignation of Sheila Keup, who announced May 2 that she was leaving the Board.

Klun will serve the nine months of Keup’s term remaining before the spring 2017 election.

"Mary Klun verbally accepted the spot, so she’ll be taking her oath of office and will be with us at the first meeting of July, which is July 5," said Janna Stevens, Superior school district administrator.

Klun previously served four terms on the Superior School Board. She served one term from 1999 to 2002 and then three consecutive terms from 2005 to 2014.

The Board’s decision Wednesday came after a split vote during its first attempt to name a new member June 14. Klun and Superior Fire Capt. Joe Tribbey finished with the same number of first- and second-place votes in the initial poll, but in a closed session meeting Wednesday the Board elected to go with Klun.

"The Board had a difficult decision because of the high quality of all the applicants," Stevens said.

Four people applied for the vacant seat, and three were interviewed by the Board in open session June 14.

During her interview, Klun stressed the importance of quality education.

"Public education is a must-have for our society," she said. "I have always been a person who believed in education."

Klun added that she’s been involved in all facets of education, beginning as a student and then continuing on as a teacher, mom and Board member.

"I’ve looked at education from many different angles, and that’s not something many people can offer," Klun said.

Tribbey also spoke about the importance of public education and said the "positive note of the referendum" inspired him to apply for the open school board seat.

"Nothing could be better for the district," Tribbey said, referring to the $92.5 million building referendum approved in April. The referendum will be used to replace Cooper Elementary School and renovate Superior High School.

He also praised recent action by the School Board to restructure teacher salary schedules. The move puts the school district in a better position to retain its teachers, he said, and is an important step in the right direction.

"We’ve been hurt by Act 10, but the school district can move forward," Tribbey said. "We can move past that together."

Klun, who was a member of the School Board in 1999 when voters passed a $47 million building referendum, said she is encouraged by the community’s support of this year’s referendum. As a Board member, she hopes to keep citizens engaged and gather feedback as the district embarks on its latest building project.

"I do not think the School Board is there to be the boss," Klun said. The Board’s duty is to make the school district the best they can make it, she said.