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Appreciation and gratitude goes to retiring and newly elected School Board members

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Published on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 by JOURNAL STAFF

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Janice Thompson, school board member for director district #4, was elected in November of 2001 and has served the district for eight years.  During that time she has served as Legislative Representative, Vice President and President.

Rod Mace, school board member for the last seven years, tendered his resignation which was accepted at the Jan. 13 board meeting. Mace, was director for district #2, and was appointed to the school board in Jan. of 2003, serving the district for the past seven years. 

During that time he has served as WIAA liaison, Vice President and President. Mace will be relocating to Oregon for job related reasons.

Both Thompson and Mace volunteered for schools and district committees prior to becoming board members and continued volunteering in many additional capacities throughout their tenure.

Kevin Plemel was elected to the school board in November of 2009, was sworn into office in Dec., 2009, and will serve for director district #4.  Plemel currently works for Snohomish Health District and is Environmental Health Manager.

John Boerger was re-elected in November 2009 and was sworn in at the December board meeting.
Boerger serves for director district #5.  He was elected to the position in November of 2007 for the position that was vacated by Director Gail Manahan.  He has served for two years and this year will act as the board’s legislative representative.

School board members are elected volunteers who lead the district in policy, governance and advocacy.
Given the enormous challenges that face public schools today, the role of school boards is critical. It’s essential that local boards perform their job of governing schools in the most effective way possible. 
School boards serve as a vital link between the community and the classroom—making policy, setting budgets, and exerting leadership to prepare our children for the opportunities of the future.

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