One new member, two incumbents take oaths of office during school board work session earlier this week

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Pictured from left to right: School board secretary and executive assistant Julie Hinkle swears in Tim Brooks, Lisa Maloney and Phil Lager to serve on the Scappoose School Board during a work session Monday, June 26. Two recently re-elected Scappoose School Board members and one newly elected member were sworn in to serve on the school board Monday, June 26, at the conclusion of a board work session.

School board newcomer Tim Brooks and incumbents Lisa Maloney and Phil Lager recited their oaths of office Monday. Their terms begin July 1.

In the May 2017 special election, Brooks ousted long-time board member Joe Lewis, who has served on the school board since 2001. Most recently, Lewis served as the board chair following a board appointment in July 2016. He was recognized for his service on the school board during a regular meeting earlier in the month along with long-time employees who are retiring from the school district.

Brooks, a Comcast employee, previously cited the district's open enrollment policy as one of the major issues he saw facing the district when he ran against Lewis for the board. Brooks took 52.6 percent of the vote.

Maloney retained her seat on the board after taking 44 percent of the vote in one of the most contested races against three other candidates in the May election. Lager retained his seat with 55 percent of the vote against one challenger.

During the same meeting Monday, the current school board voted to appoint Lager as the board chair and to appoint board member Michelle Graham as the vice chair for the next fiscal year. The vote drew some critique from Maloney who noted that such action usually takes place in July when new board members can take part in the voting process. The vote for appointment passed 4 to 1, with Maloney voting against it for procedural reasons and Lewis excusing himself as an outgoing board member.

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