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LETTER: Logic surrounding maintenance of board vacancy doesn't make sense

To the Telegram: There are two things that I'm confused about in regard to the Maple school district: 1. The decision to not fill the recent school board vacancy. 2. Gregg Lundberg's preference to fill the vacancy with an at-large community membe...

To the Telegram:

There are two things that I'm confused about in regard to the Maple school district:

1. The decision to not fill the recent school board vacancy.

2. Gregg Lundberg's preference to fill the vacancy with an at-large community member instead of the runner-up in the spring elections.

Why wouldn't the school district appoint someone to fill the vacancy on the school board? The school board will be making a lot of important decisions in the near future -- about construction, moving into new buildings, curriculum, etc. I believe that it's important for the board to have more voices at the table rather than less. The board should operate as it was intended to, with seven members.

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I'm confused about why Gregg Lundberg would object to appointing a runner-up from the recent school board elections to fill the vacancy created by Rick Forsythe's resignation. It seems to me that appointing someone who offered to serve on the board and who has faced the scrutiny of a public election would be the logical and correct choice.

All of the candidates appear to have received a good number of votes.

The preference to randomly choose someone from the community at large to fill the vacancy instead of using recent election results tells me the school board doesn't trust judgment of the voting public.

I don't know, but his objections raise a lot of questions in my mind.

-- Carol Streveler

Brule

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