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Isiordia, a Woodburn community organizer, will serve as an interim board member until June 2017.

COURTESY PHOTO - Isiordia fills a vacancy that's been open since July.The Woodburn School Board appointed Laura Isiordia, executive director of CAPACES Leadership Institute, to fill its vacant board position at its Oct. 20 meeting.

Isiordia, whose term ends June 2017, is filling the vacancy left by David Vancil when he resigned in July.

A native of Nayarit, Mexico, Isiordia has been a community organizer in Woodburn for 20 years. Since 2011, she’s worked for CAPACES, a non-profit that teaches social justice values and leadership skills to members of the Latino community.

“I’m not new to many teachers and administrators,” said Isiordia, who has raised five children in Woodburn.

Board Chair Linda Reeves said that there were seven applicants for the position, a number she says is unprecedented for the Woodburn School Board.

“It was a difficult decision for the board,” Reeves said. “In the end, Laura stood out because she is very passionate about serving her community. She’s a parent and she’s been a leader in school initiatives in Woodburn for the last 20 years.”

Board member Linda Johnston also praised Isiordia, saying, “Out of the seven people that were there, her passion for education is what caught my attention.”

Immediately after her appointment, Isiordia was sworn in as a board member and participated in the final vote of the night, which decided that the board would only have one meeting in December.

“She’s ready to hit the ground running and ready to learn,” Reeves said.

Isiordia’s position will be up for election in May 2017, along with the positions currently held by Gustavo Gutierrez-Gomez and Gevin Gregory, whose terms will also end in June.

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