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.