By Jacob Mathias
After losing her seat on the Stevens Point School Board on April 7, Board President Angel Faxon has submitted an application for the vacant seat of former board member Alex Kochanowski.
“It took up to today (to decide),” said Faxon. “I would say it had primarily to do with the amount of people who’ve contacted me which has been extremely significant. Lots of people from lots of different walks of life including staff, business people…just people asking me to please continue the work, that they think the election results were bizarre.”
Faxon, who is in the end of her first term on the board, said she thinks people who did not vote for her did so with the wrong impression of what she stands for. She said she will not be seeking the seat of president again.
“I don’t know why that’s the line but that’s a line that feels disrespectful to me,” she said of seeking the presidency. “If people didn’t want me on the board, I don’t mind thinking they may have made a mistake in that area but coming in being in charge of it feels like its crossing a line.”
Faxon said said she wanted to continue working on implementing a pay plan within the school district as well as hiring a permanent superintendent.
Faxon received the lowest number of votes among four candidates for three seats on April 7, having been defeated by Meg Erler, Judy Rannow and Sam Levin. Those board members will be seated April 27.
Also applying for the vacant seat are Chief Deputy Dan Kontos of the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and Keaton Schultz, a senior at Stevens Point Area Senior High School.
Applications for the vacant school board seat are due Wednesday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m.
Kochanowski resigned from the board at the beginning of April citing the failure of the board to chose a new superintendent as his reason for leaving.