Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees appoints new member |

Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees appoints new member

Michael Freedman is sworn in as a newly appointed trustee by Nevada Joint Union High School District President Katy Schwarz Wednesday at Bear River High School.
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The Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees has selected its newest member.

The board at its Wednesday night meeting voted 3-1 to appoint Michael Freedman, a local entrepreneur and teacher, to the board’s vacant seat. Trustee Linda Campbell was the dissenting vote.

Freedman was immediately sworn in to his position by Board President Katy Schwarz.

“We need some cohesiveness on this board, and I think he can add it,” said Trustee Marty Mortensen after Freedman was appointed.

The board chose Freedman over Al Angulo, a teacher at Auburn’s Placer High School, after giving both candidates the opportunity to address the board with their qualifications. Cynthia Latimer, a retired nurse, had submitted an application to the board; however, Schwarz said Wednesday that Latimer had to withdraw her application due to a family emergency.

Freedman is the founder and chief operating officer of Practical Academics, which develops and operates cloud-based education and training programs. He has two decades of experience managing operations for technology companies, is a credentialed teacher who has taught at a variety of school levels and previously served for two years as the board chair for Bitney Charter High School. Freedman is also an active member of the county’s Economic Resource Council.

Mortensen said he was impressed by Freedman’s background in both technology and education.

“We need a combination of both. We need a person who really has the diversity to be able to look at things from the private sector area and the public sector area,” he said.

Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting, Freedman told board members he believes the board’s function is two-fold; it is responsible for supporting the district superintendent, as well as fixing any issues or problems that aren’t able to be handled by school administration.

“A healthy board is transparent, a healthy board is active in soliciting and understanding the opinions of the community and being smart in how those opinions are massaged and digested and turned into strategy,” Freedman said.

Freedman steps into the board seat vacated by Jim Adams, who resigned his position effective Sept. 30. Adams, who had been a board member since 2011, recently moved out of trustee Area 4, the area he represented on the board. State law dictates that board members must live in the trustee area they represent.

Freedman will serve the remainder of Adams’ term, which will expire in early December 2016.

“I look forward to participating in the health of the board and the health of the schools in the district,” Freedman said.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email

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