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White Oak ISD gets new board member

By Christina Lane
July 19, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Eric Swanson is the newest member of the White Oak ISD school board.

White Oak Superintendent Mike Gilbert said trustees appointed Swanson to fill the one-year unexpired term of Todd Weeks, who resigned in June so his nephew could be hired as a teacher and coach.

The school district has a nepotism policy and Weeks resigned to prevent a conflict for his nephew.

Swanson, who works as a land manager for R. Lacy Services, is a 20-year resident of the school district. His daughter Samantha graduated from White Oak High School in 2006; daughter Mary Morgan, graduated in 2008; and daughter Dorothy is going to be a senior this year.

"He's very well respected in the community," Gilbert said.

Swanson said he is looking forward to giving his input and helping with the upcoming budget.

"It's a good group and it's an honor to be part of that group" Swanson said.

Swanson will serve on the board through the remainder of Weeks' term, which had one year remaining. Then the position will go up for election, and Swanson can choose whether to run for the office.

In other business, the White Oak school board set a budget workshop for 6 p.m. July 31 to discuss 2012-13 finances. Gilbert said the district is awaiting its certified values from the appraisal district to finalize plans.



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