Butner chosen as new USD 341 board member
by Dennis Sharkey
Oskaloosa USD 341 now has seven board members.
Roy Butner was chosen from three candidates to replace Daryl Chess as the No. 7 at-large board member. Chess was elected to the position in April as a write-in candidate despite not running for the position. Chess served until September.
Butner will serve out the term until the next election in April 2013. At that point Butner, or anyone else, could choose to run for election. The person elected would then serve the remaining two years on the four-year term of the position.
Butner and the other two candidates, Sharon Laverentz and Toby Merritt, were all interviewed by board members at the October board meeting.
The final vote was 5-0 with Board Member Stephen Metzger abstaining because he was not involved in the interview process.
Board President Herb Dissinger thanked all of the candidates for the interest in the position before the nomination and vote was taken.
“Unfortunately we only have one seat to fill,” Dissinger said.
Dissinger urged all three to run for election for the at-large position or their district position when the next elections arrive.
“I think it’s good to maintain that interest and get new points of view on the board,” he said.
Superintendent Jon Pfau told everyone that the replacement process can seem awkward and that no one should take not being chosen personally and also said the interest was important.
In other actions:
• The board considered three bids for a new school bus and went with the lowest bid of $93,172.
The bus is badly needed according to Pfau because the district’s fleet is aging and a spare bus is currently being used on a regular route.
Also, a few weeks ago the district found themselves down a bus when repairs were needed on a regular bus and resources were stretched thin with different events taking place.
• The district will also consider some other bids including different options for repairing and or resurfacing the district track.
Some of the discussion centered around fencing to keep football fans off the track during games. However, board members said they were sensitive to the culture of the games and the ability of fans to stand and watch the games as close as they can.
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