Newly-seated Wenatchee School Board must seek two new members

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WENATCHEE — A smaller-than-expected Wenatchee School Board swore in its new members Tuesday night, and its first order of business is recruiting two more people.

Between one resignation and one seat thrown into doubt by an unexpected election victory, only three of the five seats on the board are currently filled. Sarah Knox resigned earlier this month, and although Tim Larson won election over incumbent Karina Vega-Villa, he recently moved to Cashmere and can’t serve.

Of three reformist boardmembers who won election two years ago, only Michele Sandberg remains on the board. Returning incumbent Laura Jaecks was named president of the new board, and Martin Barron, who won election this month over Sunny Hemphill, took the role of vice president. But Barron said he wanted it to be clear that no one boardmember holds power over any other.

The board will have to take steps to fill the two vacancies by appointment. Both positions will be posted for interested applicants. The sitting boardmembers hold interviews Jan. 9, and the new members are set to be named on Jan. 10.