The Sisters School District Board appointed David Thorsett to fill Position No. 2 after interviewing five applicants for the open board seat on Wednesday, November 20.

“We had a very difficult decision to make because each candidate was incredibly qualified. Each spoke of wanting to give back to their community, and I hope each candidate will consider future openings,” said board chair Jay Wilkins.

Thorsett had registered to run for a board seat in the May elections, but withdrew his candidacy after learning he would be running directly against an incumbent board member, Jeff Smith.

“I was excited to run in the election process for a board seat, but didn’t realize it required you to run for a a specific seat,” he said. “Jeff has so much experience and institutional knowledge. I am thrilled about this outcome because I will be able to learn a lot from him.”

Thorsett has four children enrolled in the district. He will be sworn in at the December 11 School Board meeting.

The School Board also accepted Amanda Clark’s resignation from the board for personal reasons.

In her letter of resignation, Clark wrote, “My other commitments have become too demanding for me to be able to fulfill the requirement of my position on the board, and I feel it is best for me to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the job.

It has been an honor to serve the Sisters community and I am proud and grateful for all that we have accomplished over the last four years.”

“Amanda has been an incredibly effective board member across her two terms on the board,” said board member Don Hedrick. “She was instrumental in so many areas: passing the school bond, oversight of the bond implementation, overhauling the superintendent evaluation process, working on the district’s mission and vision work and so much more. I really enjoyed working with her and can’t explain how much she’ll be missed.”

The board will appoint a board member to fill Clark’s position. Applications are due by December 13. Contact Mel Petterson for an application at mel.petterson@ssd6.org or 541-849-8521.