School boards appoint members to vacant seats

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ARENAC COUNTY — Vacant seats on the Standish-Sterling and Arenac Eastern school boards were filled by appointments during meetings held by each board Nov. 11.

Jeffrey Ryan, a Standish resident, was selected by the Standish-Sterling board to fill a vacancy created when Dr. Leonard LeClair resigned from the board Oct. 15.

Standish-Sterling board president Annette Ratajczak said Ryan was one of three people who applied to serve out the remainder of LeClair’s term, which will expire at the end of 2014.

Ryan, along with the other applicants, Teresa Crouterfield and Theresa Kraatz, was given an opportunity to tell the board why he felt he was the correct fit for the seat. Ryan said he was a lifelong Arenac County resident with children in the district. He said he wanted to continue the board’s work of offering a quality education in an area of high poverty.

The motion to appoint Ryan was made by board member Ron Bartlett.

“(Ryan) did call me,” he said. “He’s the only one that did call me, and showed me a great interest in being on the board.”

Board member Dennis Kolevar said Ryan also contacted him about serving on the board.

Ryan was unanimously appointed to the seat.

At Arenac Eastern, Roxanne Stange of Turner was appointed to fill a seat that had been vacant since Oct. 14. The AE seat became vacant when former board member Bill Lake was hired as the principal at Arenac Eastern.

Board vice-president Mark Heideman said Stange was the lone applicant for the seat, although other people had shown interest in filling the position.

Stange’s appointment was approved 4-0. Board members Ann Brown and Richard Klender were absent at the meeting.

Darren Kroczaleski, who serves as superintendent of both districts, told the Independent each board had 30 days to appoint a replacement board member before Bay Arenac Intermediate School District appointed a new member.

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