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July 12, 2018 Mid-Prairie board taps Uhl to fill vacancy
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There will be a new member of the Mid-Prairie school board beginning in August.

At Monday’s meeting, the board voted 4-1 to appoint Emily Uhl to replace George Schaefer, who resigned prior to the June 25 meeting. Jodi Meader cast the lone dissenting vote.

“Past practice has been to reach out to past (board) members and those who have run,” board President Jeremy Pickard said.

Uhl ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the school board in the fall of 2017.

Board member Jim Hussey made the motion to nominate Uhl, who was not at Monday’s meeting, to fill the vacancy.

“She has some background that the district could use,” Hussey said.

Uhl holds a bachelor of arts degree in rhetorical analysis and has a background in educational survey research and design.

Uhl will hold the seat until the term expires with the November 2019 school elections. She will be sworn in at the Aug. 13 school board meeting.

Former school board member Randy Billups also expressed interest in the vacancy.

“I would’ve never got off the board, but (Superintendent) Mark (Schneider) talked me into working for the school,” Billups said at Monday’s meeting. “I planned to run in the next election, and I would love to serve again.”

Schafer’s resignation also left the board vice president’s office vacant.

Monday night, the board unanimously elected Marianne Schlabach to serve as vice president, until new officers are elected in September.

“Marianne has filled in a couple times running meetings and did a great job,” Pickard said.

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