By Brenda Starkey
CURLEW – Longtime School Board member Jan Stephens resigned effective at the end of the April board meeting Tuesday, April 12.
Stephens was the senior member on the board; she had served for 16 years.
“It has been a pleasure and joy working with her,” Curlew School Superintendent Steve McCullough said. “She has always put the students first when making decisions.”
“We’re going to miss her,” School Board member Brad Miller said. “She’s done a great job for us. I’m proud of our school and staff and she’s been a good leader.”
Stephens has two grown daughters, both of whom graduated from Curlew School.
Both men said it’ll be hard to replace Stephens.
The school board is soliciting nominations and letters of interest in the position, McCullough said.
Any registered voter living east of the Kettle River from the Danville border to the Curlew bridge on state Highway 21 or from the bridge at Curlew east of state Highway 21 south to the school district boundary may fill the position.
Letters or nominations may be submitted by May 4 to the Curlew School District Superintendent, P.O. Box 370, Curlew 99118.
The board will screen letters at its May 4 meeting or, if there are fewer than five, they will interview the candidates, McCullough said.
The board will appoint a replacement. The position will be up for election in November, he said.
“We hope to find someone who is a good fit,” he said.
The school board will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the school library.