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At the May 9 regularly scheduled Creswell School Board (CSB) meeting, the board unanimously passed a motion to appoint Kandice Lemhouse to the board. Board member David Eusted was absent from the meeting.
”I’m excited to participate in this important community board, with my focus being on how we best serve the children and families of our community,” Lemhouse told The Chronicle.
Lemhouse fills the last seat on CSB, which has been vacant since Whyat Ocumpaugh’s resignation on April 12, 2017. Lemhouse will be sworn in to the board at the June board meeting, and her term expires May 2019.
The Creswell resident submitted her application to the board on April 24. Lemhouse holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Salve Regina University, a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Oregon State University and is a certificated professional in human resources management.
Lemhouse has been a Creswell School District Budget Committee member since May 2017. She was a past president and board member of Junior League of Eugene and a past president and board member of Womenspace.
Lemhouse identified goals or areas where CSD could be strengthened, including, ”policy adherence to ensure all new onsite school administrators are properly educated on District policies and adhere to those policies,” and to ”focus on strengthening relationships with onsite school administrators, parents and educators, including clear communication.”
She noted that she feels like CSD has a strong team of ”dedicated educators…. including teachers, educational assistants and secretarial staff.” She also noted that CSD has strong community support and that the community comes together to support all types of programs, ”from music to athletics and everything in between.”
To be eligible for election to the board, a person must be a registered voter in the school district, and have been a resident of the district for at least one year immediately preceding the election.
Lemhouse ”has quite the background and is going to be very helpful” in serving on the board, CSB Chair Mike Anderson said.