As of Tuesday, November 21, 2017
KOOSKIA A new face took his seat at the table as a Mountain View School District 244 trustee at the regular meeting Monday, Nov. 20, in Kooskia.
Brad Lutz of Grangeville was appointed by the board, in a three to one vote, to sit on the board as trustee for zone 5.
The board was nearing its deadline to have the appointment turned over to the Idaho County Commission.
“You have until Nov. 24,” business manager Becky Hogg said during discussion. “So, it’s either make the choice or turn it over; I suggest you decide tonight.” The board had 90 days to appoint a new trustee once the zone 5 position became vacant.
Two other people, Rebecca Ward of Stites and former trustee Julia York of Elk City, who served in 2015, also expressed interest in the board position and attended the meeting.
“I kept waiting for someone from zone 5 to step up,” said board vice-chair Lot Smith of Grangeville. “But that just didn’t happen.”
Lutz works for the State of Idaho and currently has two children who attend Grangeville High School. His two older children also graduated from GHS. His wife, Genny, has been active in the PTA and other school activities.
In the end, York withdrew her name stating. “you have two very good candidates. I wanted to serve if I was needed, but I think you have what you need.”
Lot Smith moved to nominate Lutz with trustee Casey Smith of Clearwater seconding the motion. They, along with board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia, voted yes. Trustee Rebecca Warden of Grangeville had earlier expressed interest in York being on the board as she had a year of experience as a trustee. Warden voted no on Lutz.
Lutz replaces Jeremy Harris who resigned earlier this year and who was appointed to fill the remainder of previous board member Sally Nolan’s term, which expires in May 2021. Lutz was sworn in at the Nov. 20 meeting directly following his appointment.