By Brandi Makuski
The Stevens Point School Board is under new management.
Board Member Meg Erler was elected board president 5-4 against Sam Levin. The two were nominated by fellow board members for the seat on Monday, when the board seated new members and reorganized.
Erler, Levin and Judy Rannow were the top vote-getters in the April 7 election. Erler had previously
served on the board in an appointed position and now will serve a full three-year term along with Levin and Rannow.
Former Board President Angel Faxon earned the lower number of votes in the spring election, which effectively ousted her from the board. Faxon did return to the board Monday, having won an appointment to fill a vacant seat left by Alex Kochanowski.
Faxon did not win the seat easily. She ran for the appointment against Portage Co. Chief Deputy Dan Kontos, and 18 year-old SPASH senior David Colby. By all accounts all three were a good candidates, and several on the board said the choice was difficult.
Board members asked several questions of the three applicants, to include perceived challenges of sitting on the board and potential conflicts they might have. Faxon and Kontos both said their only potential conflict was having children attend school in the district; Colby said his mother worked as a part-time teacher, but said he didn’t perceive that as a problem.
Faxon was voted back on the board by a count of 5-3 against Colby. Kontos received no votes for the seat.
Shortly after being appointed to the board, Faxon had been nominated for the office of president, but she declined, instead nominating Erler to the spot. Kim Shirek nominated newly-elected Board Member Sam Levin.