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District 3 seeking two new board members

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on January 26, 2015 12:50PM


JOHN DAY – Grant School District No. 3 is looking for two new board members to fill vacancies that cropped up this month.

Both Ryan Joslin and Dr. Andrew Janssen have resigned from the board.

Joslin, former Grant County district attorney, has moved from Mt. Vernon to take a new job with the Benton County District Attorney’s Office in Corvallis.

Janssen is preparing to move to Ethiopia, where he and his wife Dr. Andrea Janssen will practice and teach family medicine. He said their departure from John Day won’t be until August, but he needs more time for fund-raising and preparations, along with the couple’s continuing work at Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic.

The school board last week wished them well in their new opportunities, and set up a process for filling the vacancies.

District Superintendent Mark Witty said the district will advertise the posts for 20 days, and interested people can pick up an application or get more information from the district office.

Applicants must reside in either Zone 1 or 3. Witty said the zone boundaries are a little complex, so people can call the district office to verify if their address is within the required area.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.

A subcommittee of the board will interview candidates, with the board expected to make the appointments later in February.

The new members will be appointed only through June 30. To continue on the board, they must face election this spring along with any other qualified candidates.

The filing deadline for the May election is in March.

The newcomers to the board will join chair Chris Cronin, vice chair Zach Williams, and board members Mike Cosgrove, Gordon Larson and Tracie Unterwegner.



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