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Springfield School Board discusses appointing new member

Four days after the 4J school board appointed a new member, the Springfield School Board has its own chance to find a new candidate.

Posted: Aug 12, 2019 4:13 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2019 10:16 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Four days after the 4J school board appointed a new member, the Springfield School Board has its own chance to find a new candidate.

This vacancy goes back to election night in May when Karen Hunter defeated Michelle Webber. That same day, Hunter learned she would be moving out of state for her husband's job in the federal government.

The board held a meeting at the Springfield Public Schools Administration Building on Monday where they outlined the process to appoint a new member.

District officials said the position will be posted on the district website this week, the applications will be received until Sept. 18 and the board will conduct interviews at their work session on Sept. 23. 

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This comes on the heels of the recent appointment of Jim Torrey to the 4J school board, which came with a fair share of controversy.

Torrey's chief rival in the appointment was Maya Rabasa, who garnered community support for being a member of the Latino/Hispanic community.

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If she had been appointed, she would have been the only Latino on the 4J board.

According to a recent survey, 1 in 5 students in Springfield is a member of that community as well, and of the five board members, one person -- Emilio Hernandez -- identifies as Latino. 

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