Former member Hall appointed to vacant Lebanon School Board seat

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 6/21/2022 4:51:45 AM
Modified: 6/21/2022 9:09:13 AM

LEBANON — Former school board chair Wendy Hall will return to the Lebanon School Board, to serve out the remaining term of former board member Renee DePalo.

On Thursday, the Lebanon School Board selected Hall to serve as an interim board member, following interviews with seven of the eight candidates who applied for the seat.

Hall previously served six years on the School Board, including two as chairwoman. She did not seek reelection in 2021.

“My time away from the Board has given me the opportunity to engage with the Lebanon School District solely from the perspective of a parent and with knowledge I gained as a board member,” Hall stated in a candidacy letter to the board last month. “This insight will inform my thinking when considering items like the strategic plan and those topics related to curriculum and assessment, as well as communication between the board and the community we serve.”

Hall will replace DePalo, 35, who was elected in March to a three-year term.

According to board Chairman Richard Milius, DePalo recently moved from Lebanon and is no longer a city resident. Hall will serve as until March, when she would have to run to serve the remaining two years.

Nine residents initially applied to fill the seat. One applicant, Paul Hollister, withdrew his candidacy prior to Thursday’s board meeting.

The pool of applicants included John Custer, Joshua Flanders, John Pomeroy, Blendon Salls, Tia Winter and two former board members, Chris Haidari and Jen Nelan.

Flanders, a graduate of Lebanon High School, was unable to attend Thursday’s board meeting to be interviewed.

“We had a large pool of highly qualified applicants,” Milius told the Valley News. “My board colleagues and I are grateful to them for their willingness to volunteer for this important work.”

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