FAIRBANKS — Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle prefaced the Monday noon swearing in of the two newly elected school board members, Heidi Haas and Lisa Hall, with praise for the education his three children received at Fairbanks district schools from 1989 through 2011.
He said that his children learned to “think critically and live productively in our great country,” adding that today one is a law clerk, another a data analyst and the youngest is studying to become a nurse.
Lyle said he and his wife are thankful to everyone who played a role in their family’s story and contributed to the “excellent education” received by his children, from their hardworking teachers to the administration, school board and taxpayers, locally and nationwide.
“I urge you to remember the role you play in every family’s story,” Lyle told the two new board members.
Haas and Hall fill the seats recently vacated by Wendy Dominique and Silver Chord.
After serving three consecutive, three-year terms, Dominique did not run again.
Chord was defeated by Hall in a three-way race for the seat.
After the new school board candidates pledged to take on their new responsibilities and signed off thrice on official documents, they took their appointed seats for their first school board meeting.
The only item on the agenda, electing school board officers for the 2012-2013 year, was quickly accomplished. Kristina Brophy, Sharon McConnell and Sean Rice were re-elected as board president, vice president and clerk, respectively. Haas was elected treasurer.
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