By Jacob Mathias
The Stevens Point School Board approved six citizen members for three standing committees at the end of last Monday’s board meeting, choosing from over 20 applicants.
“We had 23 incredible applications for our committees this year and that is just amazing,” said School Board President Meg Erler.
Susan Crotteau and Dan Wuest were selected to join the Business Services Committee, while Barb Portzen and Leslie Rusek were chosen for the Educational Services Committee. Dan Kontos and Jeri McGinley were placed on the Policy and Legislation Committee.
“It was a very difficult process of selection because there were so many strong applicants for the positions,” said Erler.
Board members Jeff Ebel, Chris Scott, Judy Rannow, Meg Erler, Angel Faxon, Sam Levin and Trish Baker voted in favor of the new citizen members. Board Member Lisa Totten voted against. Board Member Kim Shirek was absent.
Applications for individuals not chosen will remain on file in the district for possible future opening on various standing and ad hoc committees.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many applications come forward,” said School Board Clerk Chris Scott. “I know with all the initiatives coming up, there will be a number of times when we’ll need community members to come forward. Those members who put their names forward for the committees will absolutely be considered.”
The next scheduled board committee meetings are on June 1 and 2 at 6:30 PM, respectively.