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Two appointments round out Santiam Canyon board

The Santiam Canyon School District (SCSD) Board has two new appointees, restoring the body to five people and allowing it to move forward with building projects and long-term planning.

Lynda Harrington, a community organizer and former Mill City Council member, was appointed Sept. 13 to Zone 2 Position 1, which was left vacant after the May 16 election. 

Then Jamey Fawcett, former SCSD board member, was appointed Oct. 11 to Zone 1 Position 1 after interim-board member Rich Moore stepped down.

Superintendent Todd Miller said the board can now move forward with construction of a new district office, as well as strategic planning and goal-setting. He said the district is “in a good spot” with the current board and he is optimistic they will move the SCSD forward.

“I feel confident in this group’s ability to work together, problem-solve, and find solutions to best serve our community and students,” said Miller. “Even with some turnover in the past year, I feel very fortunate.”

The board lost three members in April when Fawcett, Mary Schenk and Jeremy Tinney, resigned in protest of new state financial disclosure laws, leaving two sitting board members. The body could not conduct business without a quorum of at least three people, so former long-time board member Rich Moore stepped in to serve on a temporary basis.

The two unfilled positions were on the May 16 ballot and Zone 1 Position 3 went to write-in candidate Elizabeth Reeser. She also won Zone 2 Position 1, but was not eligible due to residency requirements, nor could she hold two positions on the board at once. and the position was left vacant.

In August, the board chose to fill the position by appointment and settled on Harrington, whom Miller described as someone who “brings great questions” and has “high standards.” She’s served multiple terms on the Mill City Council, including as council president, and was also chair of the Save Our Bridge Committee, which sought funds to restore the historic railroad bridge.

Miller cited Harrington’s experience on the committee as examples of her experience with capital campaigns, grant applications and infrastructure projects. Harrington also has experience with education as a director on the Regis/St. Mary Foundation.

Miller also said Fawcett brings valuable experience in the construction industry, which he said will be “key” as the district moves forward with office replacement and other projects. Miller said Fawcett has served the district well in past years and he was glad to have Fawcett back.

In addition to board service, Fawcett has a history with student athletics.

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