The three newest members of the Webster County School Board were sworn in Thursday by Judge Rene Williams at the courthouse in Dixon.
David Higgins, a counselor at Health First in Providence, will be filling the seat left open by Steve Henry. He counsels children, adolescents and adults.
“I’m looking forward to working with the other members of the board,” he said. “With recent [events], I’m concerned about safety. I think it’s an issue we need to address as a board. I’m also looking forward to moving ahead with the middle school.”
He will be joined on the board by Leland Steely, an inspector with the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement. He does environmental regulatory work with the mines. Steely beat out long time school board chairman James “Jim” Nance.
“I’m just looking forward to jumping in with both feet and tackling the issues at hand, the middle school being the big one,” Steely said. “I just want to take it as it comes and do the best job I can.”
The third member, replacing Dr. E. Carolyn Tucker, is Mickey Dunbar. Dunbar is the Manager of the Sebree branch of Old National Bank.
“I’m looking forward to learning,” Dunbar said. “I look forward to the opportunity to interact with administration and parents.”
The new board members inherit a middle school project that has gone anyway except the way the previous board had expected.
J-E News Editor
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