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District 833 School Board members swap seats

This almost needs a flow chart.

An expiring South Washington County School Board appointment and an election that filled four additional seats has a couple of board members swapping seats.

Board member Laurie Johnson resigned last week about a month before her current four-year term ends so she can be sworn into her new two-year term at the board’s Dec. 5 meeting. She won that two-year seat in a special election on Nov. 5.

Katy McElwee-Stevens, of Newport, had been appointed to hold that seat for the past year. Her appointment and Johnson’s subsequent two-year election were created after former member Leslee Boyd stepped down one year into her four-year term. The second year of Boyd’s term was what McElwee-Stevens filled out since January 2013.

McElwee-Stevens won a four-year seat in this month’s election, and will be sworn in with other members in early January. However, to keep her on the job until then and to retain a full seven-member board, McElwee-Stevens last week was appointed to a seat, technically to fill out the final month of Johnson’s four-year term.

McElwee-Stevens joked that she probably holds the distinction of having the most appointments — three — to the School Board.

Others who will be sworn in to new four-year terms in January are Tracy Brunnette, an incumbent from Cottage Grove, and newcomers Katie Schwartz of St. Paul Park and Woodbury resident Sharon Van Leer.

The five women will join Ron Kath and Jim Gelbmann on the board.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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