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Four apply for vacant St. Helena school board seat

Four apply for vacant St. Helena school board seat

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St. Helena school trustees will interview four applicants for a vacant board seat and could make a provisional appointment at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Vintage Hall.

Four applicants are in the running to replace former Trustee Forrest Minter, who resigned Sept. 14:

- Amy Barak, who works in marketing and has previous PTA fundraising experience;

- Susan Calkin, who served on the district’s Business Operations Subcommittee and currently serves on the Curriculum, Technology and Innovations Committee;

- Shawn Moura, who serves on the district’s LCAP, Equity and Climate, and Curriculum, Technology and Innovations committees and is a member of the St. Helena Public School Foundation board; and

- Laura Symon, who serves on the SHPS/SHES Parent-Teacher Group, the RLS Parent Group, and the board of the Friends & Foundation, St. Helena Public Library.

Michael Honig also applied but withdrew his name from consideration on Monday because he wasn’t available for Thursday’s interviews.

If the board appoints someone on Thursday, the new trustee will be sworn in on Oct. 21. Registered voters would have 30 days to file a petition for a special election. If no petition is filed, the new trustee will stay in office and stand for re-election in November 2022 in order to serve the remainder of Minter's term, which expires in 2024.

St. Helena High junior Cleo McClain leads the boys race, followed by Pacific Union College Prep's Colin Russ, at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park on Sept. 29. Dave Mosher interviews McClain and Saints freshman Melina Rubio afterward.

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