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School board selects new member at special meeting Jan. 9
EVERETT - The Everett School Board is scheduled to select its newest member this week.
The board has seven candidates to choose from to replace Jeff Russell, who resigned unexpectedly Dec. 1.
The seven applicants are: Kristine Harper-Petereit, Rodman Reynolds, George Reynolds, Cris Larson, Traci Mitchell, Caroline Mason and Myrna Overstreet.
The board narrowed its selection to up to five finalists during a closed-door session at the board’s Monday, Jan. 6 meeting.
The finalists will go through a public interview process at a special Thursday, Jan. 9 board meeting starting at 3 p.m., and the board will decide the winner after a closed-door session.
The meeting will be held in the board room at the district’s new administration building at 3900 Broadway.
The appointed term lasts through 2015, when Russell would have been up for re-election.
It is unclear why Russell resigned. His board resignation happened soon after he resigned from his longtime post as pastor of Central Lutheran Church.
If the board does not successfully appoint someone, the regional education district will set the appointment. Superintendent Gary Cohn is the board’s secretary and has no voting power.
The candidates:
• Larson is a former teacher who started a nonprofit to mentor children.
• Mitchell is a hospital pharmacy manager who served five years on the Everett Public Schools Foundation board.
• George Reynolds is a banker specializing in nonprofit funding, board member of a homeless assistance nonprofit and chair of a low-income seniors health nonprofit.
• Rodman Reynolds is a parent watchdog who is pursuing a Certified Fraud Examiner certificate.
• Mason is a marketing professional who participates in the Everett School District’s fiscal advisory committee and supported previous school levy efforts.
• Harper-Petereit is a longtime PTA president and former political consultant who supported past levy efforts.
• Overstreet taught at the grade school level and at Everett Community College. (She isn’t the current Everett High School PTA president as erroneously reported in the Dec. 25 issue.)


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