April 13, 2019 — Just weeks after filling one open position on the Siuslaw School District Board of Directors, the board is again looking for someone to serve on the board. At the April 10 school board meeting, the directors accepted a letter of resignation from Director Tammy Butler, who held position 5. The board voted to fill the position through an application process, similar to the process completed this month with Director Bob Sneddon.
Applications, available at www.siuslaw.k12.or.us, must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15. At a special board meeting on Wednesday, April 17, the board will interview applicants with the intention of filling the position at that time.
At the start of Wednesday’s meeting, Board Chair Suzanne Mann-Heintz welcomed the community, special guests and Sneddon as the newest member of the board.
“Mr. Sneddon was appointed to fill the vacancy from the resignation of Eric Rines. We went through a process where we took applications, the board had a special meeting to interview candidates and we selected Mr. Sneddon as our new board member to fill out the rest of Mr. Rines’ term, which actually only goes until June of this year,” Mann-Heintz said.
Vice Chair Bill McDougle led Sneddon in the oath of office, where he swore to fulfill all responsibilities. Sneddon is also running in the May 21 Special Election to hold the seat for the next term.
Later in the meeting, members of the board read Butler’s letter and voted to fill the position, rather than leave it vacant until it is filled in the upcoming election.
Director Paul Burns read a statement about Butler, acknowledging her 12 years of service to the district as a director, chairman and volunteer who “advanced numerous causes,” including for technology, smaller class sizes, the maintenance of staff and in support of athletics and academics.
“As a longtime Florence resident and business owner, Tammy brought unique skills and knowledge to the board,” Burns read. “Those things also brought some of the greatest challenges of being a board member. With that history of the most widespread recognition in the community, that translated to people letting her know what they heard and felt more often than probably most other board members. She had the ear of a large part of the community, and that can wear on a board member, especially when we are required to make decisions when those decisions are not the most popular ones. …
“She continuously strived to keep the focus on what is best for the kids in this district.”
His sentiments were echoed by directors Guy Rosinbaum and John Barnett.
“If it wasn’t for Tammy, I would have been lost,” Rosinbaum said as he talked about his first term on the board. “I just can’t thank her enough.”
“I would second that,” Barnett said. “I was vice chair for her for two year before I was chair, and I learned more from that lady than (I can say). … She will be greatly missed.”
“She was just so wonderful and patient in guiding us,” Mann-Heintz added.
Rosinbaum made the resolution proposing that the seat be filled.
“We’ve got some new people that are looking to be on the board. It’s an opportunity to get a head start, quite possibly,” he said. “Let’s give the public an opportunity to apply.”
The appointed board member would serve through June, when newly elected board members will be sworn in.
The Siuslaw School Board has four open positions in the May 21 election.
April 30 is the deadline for voters to register. For more information, visit www.lanecounty.org/residents/elections.