North Marion welcomes two new school board members
Two North Marion School Board members recently tendered their resignations, providing two holes that needed to be quickly filled.
Shortly after longtime board member Julie Miller announced she would be stepping down as of the March 12 board meeting, Patrick McArthur also had to vacate his position, but for a much different reason: McArthur, who has been a principal in the Multnomah Education Service District, has been selected as North Marion's director of special programs, replacing Julie Jackson, who is retiring. Jackson, who has been an administrator in the district for many years, only held the position for one transition year, after the retirement of Sharon Lohse from that post after 31 years. Though he won't be considered full-time until July 1, McArthur is already getting some part-time training.
Both school board members' resignations were effective March 12, which was also the start date for the two replacements: Crystal Rostocil and Ricardo Verastegui. Both positions will be up for re-election in spring 2019.
Both newcomers are North Marion parents who live in Hubbard. In fact, Rostocil, who has volunteered for many years for the district, including with the November 2017 bond campaign, has lived in Hubbard most of her life and is a North Marion graduate.
She said she hopes to help build the relationship between the district and the communities it serves, but is most of all humbled at the opportunity.
"I sought appointment because I am not afraid of doing the hard work that faces the school district in the coming years," she said. "I believe maintaining a clear perspective with an open mind, while being able to still ask those hard-pointed questions as required will allow the school board to tackle any challenges that arise."
Verastegui has lived in the area for 14 years and has volunteered for nine. While he was planning on waiting until all his kids were out of school to get involved (his two youngest are juniors), he thought the year before next year's election would be a good way to get his feet wet.
"This is great opportunity for me," he said. "I was invited and I thought this is the time. I definitely want the opportunity to learn what it's all about. A lot of times we just see it from the outside and we don't know what's going on inside. We complain and don't do anything."