Shane Nielson, 42, took the oath of office as the newest board trustee for the Lammersville Unified School District during a short ceremony on Monday.
Nielson served on the Lammersville Elementary School Board of Trustees for six years after being appointed in February 2004 to replace Greg Martin. He remained on the board until the district was unified in June 2011.
“I’m excited to be a part of the board again,” he said. “It’s something I enjoyed, something I thought was important for our community. Even though it was quite a few years ago, I remember doing this.”
Nielson said that he has kept current with the board’s activities during the past couple years, and gained an interest to return when James Herimoto retired in March 2012.
Nielson applied for the position, but the board appointed Chris Cunningham.
Realizing there was a new vacancy created by Fobert’s departure — who resigned on May 2 for personal reasons — Nielson said he told trustee Matthew Balzarini about his interest.
Nielson wasn’t present during the board’s appointment vote on May 15 but said he heard about his appointment in a friend’s text message.
Among the biggest issues facing the board in the near future is the hiring of a new superintendent and getting the under construction high school up and running in August 2014.
Superintendent Dale Hansen is retiring from the district on June 30.
“We need to hire the right person,” Nielson said.
Nielson will complete the remaining time on Fobert’s seat, which expires in November 2016.
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