Written by BILL SCHANEN IV
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:19
Town of Port resident is unopposed in bid for school seat vacated by incumbent
The Tuesday, April 1, election will bring another new face to the Port Washington-Saukville School Board.
Marchell Longstaff is running unopposed for a Town of Port Washington seat on the board being vacated by Kim Wood.
Wood, who has been on the board for seven years, chose not to run for re-election.
Longstaff, 51, who has been active in parent groups in the Port Washington-Saukville School District for years, said the philosophy of the board inspired her to run for the office.
“I think the School Board and the school district are doing an outstanding job,” she said. “I like how child-centered they are. That’s the way I am, and I wanted to be part of a board that thinks that way.”
Longstaff is poised to be one of three new members of a board that is unaccustomed to such turnover.
Jim Eden, who has been a board member for 16 years and president for two, presided over his last meeting Monday. He is resigning a year into his term because of additional responsibilities as vice president of academic affairs at Moraine Park Technical College.
The board will appoint his replacement next month.
That will be the second appointment made by the board in as many month. In February, Brian Stevens was picked to replace Jim Olson, who resigned after seven years on the board because of health reasons.
Referring to the typical longevity of board members, Wood said during Monday’s meeting, “Who would think that after being on this board for seven years I’m still a newbie?
“I’m honored to have been a part of this board.”
While the two appointed board members will serve until the April 2015 election, Longstaff is poised to be elected to a full three-year term.
Also running unopposed in next week’s election are incumbent board members Sara McCutcheon, who represents the Village of Saukville, and Brian McCutcheon, who holds a City of Port Washington seat.
Although board members represent specific geographic areas of the district, they are elected at large.