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Forest Grove School Board welcomes three new members; Kate Grandusky named new chair, Brad Bafaro named vice-chair

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - School board member Kate Grandusky (in white) swore in new Forest Grove School board members (left to right) Brad Bafaro, Mark Everett and Valyrie Ingram. The Forest Grove School Board welcomed three new members to the five-member policymaking panel Wednesday, July 19.

Brad Bafaro, Valyrie Ingram and Mark Everett replaced former members John Hayes, Lonnie Winkler and Charless Waterman following the May special election.

Bafaro recently retired as the Forest Grove School District's special education director. Everett retired from his position as Banks High School principal at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Ingram is a substitute teacher employed by the Northwest Regional Educational Service District.

The trio took oaths Monday morning to "faithfully and impartially discharge the responsibilities of the office of board member to the best of my ability" at their first official meeting.

The new board — which also includes longtime members Kate Grandusky and Fred Marble — decided to hold a once-monthly work session prior to one of their two monthly meetings.

Board members voted for Grandusky to take the role of board chair — a position previously held by Winkler — and for Bafaro to fill the vice-chair position, previously held by Hayes. Both vote tallies were 4-1 with Marble voting for Everett as chair and Ingram as vice-chair.

The next board meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at the district administration office, 1728 Main St. in Forest Grove.

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