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School board may have one, maybe two, vacancies

by Merrie Leininger

The Douglas County School Board in looking for two new members.


Randy Wallstrum, a veterinarian, did not run this year for the area 7 seat he has held since 1991, and neither did anyone else, leaving a void on the board as of Dec. 31.

However, Wallstrum told the R-C Monday night that he had not decided, but he may submit a letter of interest for two more years.

“I’ve been on the board for eight years and I’m kind of a believer in term limits, but my only hesitation is the school district is doing neat things now and some continuity would be good,” he said.

On the other hand, “It’s really healthy to get new people in.”

n See who surfaces. Wallstrum said he is waiting to see who surfaces in the search for a new board member before he makes up his mind.

“I’d like someone who holds those things near and dear that I do,” he said. “I’m kind of riding the fence a little but I’m pretty sure I will not (leave).”

Wallstrum said he was excited by the changes implemented by the strategic plan and outraged by the changes implemented by the Legislature and wanted to be there for both.

Wallstrum has served one term as vice president and three terms as president.

Wallstrum represented area 7, which is the Minden/Gardnerville area east of highways 88 and 395, west of East Valley Road and bordered on the north by Johnson Lane and the south by Centerville Lane and Pine Nut Road.

Diane McCoy is vacating her seat because she is moving. McCoy, who has been on the board since January 1995 and clerk for the last two years, will relinquish her area 4 seat on the board Dec. 1. Area 4 encompasses the Ranchos.

She is leaving Gardnerville to join her husband who accepted a new position three months ago with the Department of Wildlife.

“He has to live on the Mason Valley Management area. Since my son left home to go to school in Reno I’ve been living here by myself,” she said. She has accepted the acting executive director position with the new Mason Valley Boys and Girls Club.

She will be leaving her home of 19 years and her job with the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department after 11-1/2 years.

“It is really, really hard. It’s our home,” she said.

Leaving the school board will also be difficult, she said, because she feels she will not be able to finish what she started.

“With the competencies just getting ready to be put into place, it will be be difficult leaving before they come to fruition,” she said.

The board will appoint a replacement for Area 4. That person will serve until the next general election in November 2000.

n Must be residents. Applicants must be residents of the district to qualify. A description of the boundaries is available in the office of the superintendent. Applicants must also be registered to vote.

Anyone interested in being considered for this position should submit a letter to any member of the board or to the superintendent’s office at P.O. Box 1888, Minden, 89423 or 751 Mono Ave., Minden, no later than Wednesday, Nov. 25.

The appointment will be considered by the board at a special meeting Wednesday, Dec. 16.

For more information, call 782-5134.

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