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Colton resident Eric Dilg steps into the position after board unanimously votes him in

PIONEER PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - The Colton School Board officially appointed Eric Dilg, the sole applicant, as a new member to fill the vacancy left when elected member Brad Kuhn resigned Nov. 20.The Colton School Board officially appointed Eric Dilg as a new member to fill the vacancy left when elected member Brad Kuhn resigned on Nov. 20.

Per board policy, in the event of a resignation, the board appoints a member until another election is held. The board declared the vacancy in December and Dilg was the only applicant.

They held an interview on Jan. 8 before their regular meeting, and then unanimously voted to appoint Dilg during the meeting.

"Let the adventure begin," board member Linda Rasor said after welcoming Dilg to the board.

The new member expressed eagerness to work with the district's current leaders.

"I am looking forward to working with the district administration and current school board members," Dilg said.

PIONEER PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Colton School Board Chair Tim Behrens swears in newly apointed Eric Dilg at the Jan. 8 school board meeting.

Dilg has lived in Colton since 2010. He graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering and currently works at Daimler Trucks North America. He is married to Shirley jo Dilg, and the couple has five children, who all attend Colton schools.

A regular attender of Colton School Board meetings, Dilg has also been a part of several committees in Colton School District including the budget committee, superintendent's advisory committee, sexual education and the firearms in school committee.

"...The main reason I want to be involved with the board is to help Colton School District be a better place for its kids." -Eric Dilg

He said his primary reason for applying to be a school board member is to help Colton schools improve for kids, and he wants to do that through addressing two primary challenges: academics and communication with the public.

"Per my interview, the main reason I want to be involved with the board is to help Colton School District be a better place for its kids," Dilg said. "This is through quick, smaller adjustments and changes rather than slower large changes. There are many positive things going on at Colton and we need to highlight successes and things that are going right in addition to highlighting the changes that are being made to improve areas that may be struggling."

Dilg's term as an appointed board member will expire in May 2019, according to Board Chair Tim Behrens, when he will have the opportunity to run in the election along with any other candidates.


Kristen Wohlers
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