Shakeup on Wenatchee School Board continues with resignation

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The three-person block of candidates that swept onto the Wenatchee School Board two years ago has been whittled down to just one.

Board member Sarah Knox announced Tuesday that she has taken a job in Seattle and has moved out of the district.

That came a week after incumbent School Board President Sunny Hemphill was defeated by businessman Martin Barron for her seat.

The only board member left from the three elected in 2017 is Michele Sandberg.

After the 2017 election, the three became the majority on the five-member board and pushed through a policy change that allowed them to immediately take leadership positions.

That created friction with the other two on the board and one of them, Dr. Walter Newman, resigned.

The board replaced him with Karina Vega-Villa, who also was defeated in the Nov. 5 election.

Tim Larson, the person who beat Vega-Villa, had earlier tried to pull out of the race, saying he was moving to Cashmere.

He since has apparently had a change of heart and will be sworn in at the board’s Nov. 26 meeting along with Barron and Laura Jaecks, who won re-election last week.

The district is working on creating a timeline for appointing Knox’s replacement.

She will be going to work for Refugee Women’s Alliance, a non-profit that supports refugee and immigrant women and families, according to a press release from the district.

She already has relocated to Seattle, the district said.