By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Sarah Baker has been appointed to the Delano School Board to fill a term vacated by Patricia Osmon, who recently resigned due to having moved outside of the district boundaries.
Baker was appointed at last Monday’s meeting and will take the oath of office Monday, Jan. 3 at the board’s organizational meeting. She was one of seven candidates interviewed for the opening. Others were Mark Erickson, Roger Schaefbauer, Paul Stansberry, Ann Thommes, Randy Durick, and Ben Pupp.
Baker’s family moved to the Delano School District in 2006. She and her husband, Joe, live near Loretto and have two children in the Delano Elementary School Matthew, who is in third grade, and Katherine, who is in first grade.
She has been actively involved with Delano Elementary PIE and currently serves as co-president of that group.
“I’ve also served on the elementary site base committee for three years as a parent representative,” she said.
She has a bachelor’s degree in English/education from Carleton College, and a master’s degree in counseling and human resource development from South Dakota State University Brookings. She worked as a school counselor for more than seven years in the Westonka School District and she presently works part time at the Delano Herald Journal as office receptionist/circulation manager.
“I am excited to begin working with the great people on our Delano School Board and the entire staff of Delano schools, and am committed to maintaining our District’s success,” Baker said. “Delano is a great place to live and raise a family and our schools are an integral part of our community. Continuing to work together as a community and school is a focus I hope to build and promote.”
Baker said her focus and goals will include school funding, sound financial management and strategy, community relations, and continued academic rigor.
The board also recognized Joy Bodin, who will be leaving the school board as of Dec. 31.