Penn Valley Union Elementary School District adds board member |

Penn Valley Union Elementary School District adds board member

Sam Corey
Staff Writer
Amanda Connell, right, gets sworn in as a board member of the Penn Valley Union Elementary School District by Superintendent Torie England. The board still needs to hire one more member by Sept. 20.
Sam Corey/

Amanda Connell was selected as a new board member for the Penn Valley Union Elementary School District at Wednesday afternoon’s board meeting.

Two district board members recently resigned, leaving the spots vacant.

The first to resign was Michael Hodson, followed by Teresa Eckerling, said district Superintendent Torie England.

“One moved out of the state and the other one was for personal reasons,” said England.

England said the district had until Sunday to fill one of the spots on the board.

“It’s very rare for us to have to do this,” she said.

An open district board meeting Wednesday was held to interview three candidates — Amanda Connell, Lisa Krason and Sharon Loucks — and to deliberate on at least one hire.

The three members of the board — Linda Collins, Ann Driver and president Robert Moen — voted for Connell.

“All three candidates were equally eligible,” said Moen. The board president voted for Connell because, he said, she has been very involved with students in the district.

“I just felt that it was a good fit,” he said.

Connell said she has a vested interest in the district, and wants to ensure consistency among school district administrators.

“I ran because I have kids at the school at Ready Springs, and so I want to make sure that I’m involved in any aspect that I can be,” she said.

Another three or four candidates are likely to go through the process of applying for the final spot on the board, said Moen.

Moen said both Loucks and Krason don’t need to go through the interview process again to apply for the final spot on the board.

The next district board meeting is Sept. 10, when the remaining seat is meant to be filled.

To contact Staff Writer Sam Corey, email or call 530-477-4219.

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