School board opening to be filled soon by one of three candidates

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Three people have thrown their name into the ha, to fill the position left open by former Board President Mike Krysl. The candidates are former Sioux City School Board member John Meyers, School District parent and volunteer Miyuki Nelson, and wealth management representative Monique Scarlett. 

Meyers is retired, but previously served on the school board for eight years. He believes his experience makes him right for the job. 

“One of the things that sets me apart is I have a lot of experience on the board with over 8 years and over 30 years of public financial experience,” said Meyers.

Nelson is a parent who spends a lot of her time volunteering within the school district. She sees bullying and early childhood development as key priorities.

“[My focus is] improving all the possibilities to expand early childhood literacy in Sioux City,” said Nelson.

Scarlett works for US Bank but has history in both finance and human resources. She says she wants to involve students and teachers in the decision making process.

“I believe that first improvement comes from listening to what our students and educators are saying to us,” Scarlett said. “And by listening we get an action plan and we move forward together”

Unless a public petition is filed to trigger a special election, it’s the current school board members who will select the newest board member from the three candidates. 

That person will only fill the vacant slot left by Krysl’ s resignation, not take over his duties as president. A separate vote to determine who will serve as the board’s new president will happen after the newest board member is selected. The board plans to have both decisions made by the end of their meeting on July 16. 

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