School board vacancy filled

Jason Guthu appointed to finish Dan Harding's term

The Estacada School District board of directors appointed Jason Guthu to finish out the vacancy left by Dan Harding, who died of cancer Nov. 7.

Three Estacada School District community members applied for the vacancy, including Guthu, Dean Schoknecht and Michael Kuhrkoop. Each applicant attended a board goal setting meeting Dec. 5 and gave a short presentation. The board voted unanimously to appoint Guthu to the position. He will be officially sworn in during the Dec. 13 board meeting at Estacada High School.

'He just wanted to give back to the community, I think that's a noble cause,' said board chair Mark Greene. 'Jason has a successful business in town, Cascade Mechanical, that he's been running for 10 years. He manages a pile of people, so he knows how to work with others. He also has three kids in the district.'

Three board positions, including Guthu's, will expire July 1, 2007. An election will be held May 15-Guthu expressed interest in continuing on with the board appointment and running for a seat during that election.