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New leadership joins at St. Helens school board meeting

Scot Stockwell swears in board members elected in May

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Melody Killens (left) and Bill Amos (center) are sworn in as members of the St. Helens School District's board of directors by Superintendent Scot Stockwell (right) on Wednesday, July 8.Newly elected members of the St. Helens School District’s board of directors were sworn in at an organizational meeting Wednesday evening, July 8.

The school board meeting was also the first in which Scot Stockwell, who was hired just last month to take over as superintendent of the school district, had a seat at the table.

School board members Melody Killens, a former member who defeated incumbent Ray Biggs in May, and board Vice Chairman Bill Amos, who was appointed to the board in February before being elected in his own right, took the oath of office and were officially seated Wednesday.

Gordon Jarman was also reelected to serve another year as chairman of the school board. Amos was reelected to his position as vice chairman.

All five school board positions have changed hands since the start of 2013. The district also hired a new business manager, Jessica Pickett, last school year.

Stockwell suggested the district should take the opportunity to have an Oregon School Boards Association training for both the school board and superintendent next month.

“It would be helpful to me,” Stockwell told board members, who supported the idea. The training was set for Aug. 12.

Killens also suggested the district should arrange for an audit due to its recent turnover.

“Let’s make sure everything is all good,” she said.

Jarman and Pickett said the district’s auditor is already scheduled

to come in this summer. Stockwell said he feels “confident” about the audit.

The school board also agreed to continue meeting on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., generally on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

The board’s next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, July 29.