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For the week of July 9 - 15, 2003

News

School board chair resigns from board


By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer

The chairperson of the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees, Claudia Fiaschetti, tendered her resignation, effective Monday, July 7.

She said she did not plan to attend the boardís monthly meeting Tuesday, July 8, where her resignation was expected to be accepted by the remaining four members of the board.

Fiaschetti has been on the board of trustees for four years, and served as chairperson for the past year and a half.

"I made the decision during the past five weeks," Fiaschetti said Tuesday. She declined to elaborate on why she decided to resign with two years remaining on her term.

"It was a difficult decision to resign as trustee for the Blaine County School District. Iíve enjoyed the past four years."

Fiaschetti represented Zone Five, which covers the east side of Blaine County from Indian Creek north to the County line.

"Sheís a great lady, and Iím really sorry to see her go," Blaine County School District Superintendent Jim Lewis said. "We thank her for service to Blaine County. Now our job is to get a replacement, and work with a full board and do what we can for our kids."

The board has 90 days in which to accept submissions of interest from residents in Zone 5 to fill the vacancy. After being appointed the new board member would serve until May 2004, when Fiaschettiís term expires. Then that board member would ideally run for a one-year term of office. In turn, in May 2005, that person most likely would then be on the ballot for a three-year term.

Fiaschetti noted that the board was scheduled to nominate new officers, including a new chairperson, at the meeting Tuesday night. Howard Royal of Carey has the longest tenure, eight years, of the present board member.

Fiaschetti said the board was able to accomplish numerous goals during her tenure. She also noted itís a demanding job.

During the school year a board member can spend anywhere from "20 to 30 hours a week, depending on whatís going on," she said. "On top of meetings, there is work at home, reading and preparing, that sort of thing.

"The most recent thing I worked on was the open-closed campus (proposals), drug policy, contract negotiations and the sale of certificates of participation," for which she went to New York City for a bond rating trip with Lewis, Treasurer Mike Chatterton, bond counsel Mike Moore and fellow board member Kathy Pruett.

Also, she worked on property negotiations, the building projects for the Carey School, the Wood River High School the addition to Middle School, the childcare facility at Hemingway Elementary and plans for Woodside Elementary.

"We did educational board retreats, and I attended the National School Board Conferences in New Orleans, Orlando and San Diego."

Fiaschetti expressed gratitude to the public for giving her the opportunity to perform this important role.

"Blaine County has had tremendous growth with many successes and challenges. Itís been stimulating and rewarding to be a part of it."

 

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