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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 16, 2014

McDole takes over District 2 school board seat

By Xiomara Levsen | Oct 10, 2013
Washington School Board newcomer Dana McDole, right, takes the oath of office with returning board members Patty Roe, left, and Heidi Vittetoe.

BRIGHTON—The Washington school board appointed a person to the District 2 seat and held its organizational meeting Wednesday, Oct. 9.
No papers were filed for the District 2 school board position in the election that was held on Sept. 10. Terry Engelken received 12 votes as a write-in candidate.
“After some conversation and contemplation by Terry, he has declined,” said WCSD school board business manager Jeffrey Dieleman.
Dieleman said the board would have to declare the seat open and appoint someone to represent that seat on the board.
“Fortunately, Dana McDole is willing to serve if we decide to appoint her,” said school board president Eric Turner.
Both Turner and WCSD school board superintendent Dr. Mike Jorgensen spoke to McDole about filling the position. Turner said she has served on the St. James School Board in the past.
A motion was made to appoint McDole to the school board for the District 2 position. The motion was approved.
After McDole was appointed, she was sworn in as a school board member. Heidi Vittetoe and Patty Roe, who were re-elected to the school board in September’s election, were also sworn in.
The board also held its elections for president and vice-president. Eric Turner was re-elected as school board president and Vittetoe was re-elected vice-president.
The board also decided who would represent them in committees. The School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) will have Turner and Ericka Raber as representatives on it, the data team committee will include Stephanie Ellingson and Turner, the policy committee will include McDole and Roe, the communication committee will include Vittetoe and Raber, and the negotiation committee will have Ellingson and Troy Suchan.
Other items covered at the school board meeting included:
• appointing Rick Engel of the Des Moines area as the district’s legal counsel;
• appointing Suchan as the representative for the school district on the county compensation board;
• and heard a presentation from the English Language Learner department on what their department does to help students who speak other languages in their home. See tomorrow’s edition of The Journal for more information about this presentation.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Stewart Elementary School at 7 p.m.

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