Wenatchee School Board Elects New Leadership

Newly elected board members change policy and shift power.

School Board
New leadership votes for change

WENATCHEE – If you voted for change at the Wenatchee School District, you got it last night. There’s new leadership on the Wenatchee School Board.

The shift in power was on full display last night when three newly elected board members used their majority vote to change District policy making them eligible to serve as a board officers.

They then used their new-found power to nominate and elect first year director Michelle Sandberg and Sara Knox as Board President and Vice President. Both received their own and new director Sunny Hemphill’s support. Former President, Laura Jaecks opposed the policy amendment but only received her own and Director, Walter Neuman’s vote for the two leadership positions.

Knox, Hemphill and Sandberg ran identical campaigns calling for change to include greater transparency at the Board level.

Sunny Hemphill added that the policy change they proposed reflects the will of the voters. She said, If the voters had not voted for change, I would not be sitting here now.”

Former President, Laura Jaeckes proposed but later withdrew her proposal that would have only allowed a newly elected board member to serve only as vice president.  She defended previous board actions as reasoned and well thought out with good public involvement and credited students and staff for their achievements.  In the end she said she hoped that the board would work together for the common good of the District as a five member team.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.