Because Ottumwa is actually one of the larger school districts, she said, the community gets nine votes in choosing what legislative priorities should be recommended.
Mitchell was chosen as the Ottumwa delegate. The vote had actually been put off for a month: At the last regular board meeting, veteran delegate Mitchell suggested that she wait until after the school board election to talk about who would go to the assembly. While willing to go, she didn't want to assume that she'd be on the board, she said.
She is. So are newly elected members Michael Burton and David Weilbrenner. The board officially welcomed the new members, and said farewell to Jeff Strunk and Payson Moreland, board members who decided not to run in the most recent election.
The board, technically the "new school board," had one more election of their own: Mitchell will serve as president again, while the vice-presidency went to Greg Riley.
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