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Kangas appointed to school board seat

Carey Kangas, right, receives the oath of office Tuesday after his appointment to the Douglas County School District Board of Trustees.
Dave Price |

Carey Kangas was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Douglas County School District Board of trustees during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Kangas, who works in management for the REDCO rubber engineering and development company in Carson City, was one of three applicants for the District No. 4 seat recently vacated by Neal Freitas, who no longer resides within a district that encompasses much of the Gardnerville Ranchos and part of Fish Springs. John Louritt, who previously served as a trustee from 2001-08, and Martha Betcher, a retired teacher and school librarian.

All three candidates went through brief interviews before the board and a sparse audience during the meeting. The applicants opted to leave the room while trustees held their discussion. The decision was announced by board president Thomas Moore.

“This is something I personally take a lot of pride in,” Moore said. “When I was appointed to this position, nobody in the community would do it. It was very difficult to try and find somebody. I just think it is an honor, it’s a privilege to serve on the board and so I just commend all of you for taking the time and effort to put in. We really appreciate that.

“It was a long discussion that we had and it was totally apparent that each one of you bring so much to the table and each one of you would do an absolutely outstanding job on the board. … Carey, we’re offering you the position. Will you accept?”

Kangas didn’t hesitate in his response.

“I do accept the position … and I look forward to doing my best,” he said.

He took the oath of office and immediately took his seat with fellow board members.

“I appreciate … I think you made the right decision. I’m going to try really hard,” Kangas said.

In his application letter, Kangas wrote that his family had moved to Northern Nevada 20 years ago and had a son and daughter attend C.C. Meneley Elementary School, Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School and eventually graduate from Douglas High School.

“I would like the opportunity to contribute to the constant improvement of the nurturing and academic success of the youth of our Valley to become contributing members of our society.”

Louritt said he would have looked forward to returning as a trustee.

“I enjoyed working seven-plus years on the school board and enjoyed working with the people,” he said. “I was disappointed not to be selected, but I think they felt he (Kangas) was a better fit. I don’t think they could have gone wrong with any of the applicants.”

A motion was passed for current trustee Ross Chichester to fill the board’s vice-president position previously held by Freitas.