GEORGETOWN -- School officials appointed April Evans of Ridge Farm to fill a vacant seat on the Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board at a special meeting on Tuesday.
Superintendent Jean Neal said the district received six letters of interest from people wanting to be appointed to the remaining half of Chad Steinbaugh's four-year term, after he resigned from the board last month.
Evans is a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines, has two children in the district, and is a Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School graduate. She has covered city council and school board meetings for the Commercial-News and the Paris Beacon-News, and has covered the Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board in the past.
Board President Cheryl Kestufskie saidthe board members liked that Evans has children in the district, that she has volunteered with school dances and with her children's classroom activities, and that she has attended numerous school board meetings.
"We are very excited to have her on the board," Kestufskie said.
Evans said she considered serving on the school board before, but thought that the board members have had to make some particularly difficult decisions recently. She mentioned the long process of hiring a permanent superintendent for the district, cutting back on the school bus routes to accommodate decreased transportation funds, and the decision to close Ridge Farm Elementary School after the end of this school year.
"I feel that the time to be an observer has passed," Evans said.
She said she hopes to help the district manage its finances despite decreasing state revenues, and to help ease the transition of Pine Crest Elementary School from being a K-3 school into being a K-5 school after it absorbs the fourth-grade and fifth-grade students who have attended Ridge Farm Elementary.