Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg administered the oath of office. Thurston begins her second term on the board, while Worl starts her first term as an elected member. She was appointed to the board last December to the fill a vacancy. Both ran unopposed.
The new board then organized for the year, re-electing Sally Saddler as president, Sean O’Brien as vice president and Andi Story as clerk of the board. No one was else was nominated for the leadership positions.
The three meet once a month with district superintendent Glenn Gelbrich to set the agenda for the board’s regular monthly meeting. After the election, Saddler indicated that other board members will be invited to sit in on that process this year.
Tuesday’s agenda was very long. The meeting started at 6:15 p.m. and was still going on more than five hours later.
- It’s not clear whether independent Gov. Bill Walker will run in the primary. A campaign spokesperson said Walker could not comment because it is a pending legal matter to which the state is a party.
- Gastineau Community School has been renamed Sayéik Gastineau Community School. The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to add the traditional Tlingit name, which loosely translates to “spirit helper.”
- Christopher Strawn testified he walked home with his dog and was going to sleep when Brandon Cook was shot and killed on Oct. 20, 2015.
- Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott both spoke, but is was the 17-year-old keynote speaker who brought the room to its feet with applause and cheers.