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Johnson appointed new member of Amboy school board

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 30th, 2013

Former District 272 Board of Education member, Dan Stephenitch, right, is honored at the April 25 board meeting at Amboy Junior High School. Stephenitch, who served on the board for 20 years, received a plaque from Amboy Superintendent Jeff Thake in recognition of his many years of service to Amboy schools. (News photo)

AMBOY – Amboy resident Ray Johnson has been chosen to fill the remaining seat on the District 272 Board of Education. Johnson was sworn in during the board’s April 25 reorganizational meeting along with Tony Becker, Joel Hochstatter, Robert Olson and Lori Setchell, who ran in the April 9 election. They join current members Nicole Jones and Reed Akre.

Following the oath of office, board officers were elected with Lori Setchell remaining as president, Nicole Jones as vice president and Tony Becker as secretary.

The board also approved meeting dates for the coming year. They include May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 26 (at Central School), Oct. 24, Nov. 28, Dec. 19, Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 27 and April 24 (at AJHS). Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at Amboy High School unless otherwise noted.

Board member Dan Stephenitch, who did not run for re-election this year, was honored for 20 years of service on the board during the meeting. Stephenitch’s son, Matthew, read a tribute to his father thanking him for not only working to improve the Amboy School District but also for setting a great example for him and his brother, Mike, as well as all of their friends that “you treated as your own.” “I’m proud and lucky to be able to call you my father,” Matthew said. “Thanks for everything dad. I love you.”

Superintendent Jeff Thake presented Stephenitch with a plaque saying he was very grateful for Stephenitch’s support and guidance as well as his assistance in making some sound decisions. “By word and deed your presence has enriched the lives of students and served as an example for all,” Thake said. “Thank you very much.”

Stephenitch said it was an honor and a privilege to serve on the board for 20 years. “It’s been a very rewarding experience . . . I’ve worked with some great people over the years,” he said. “I’d also like to thank my two sons. I’m sure it was a little painful to have their father on the board the whole time they went through school but I always felt we were trying to do positive things not only for them but for all the students in the district. Of course, my wife, Donna, for her patience in putting up with 20 years of this. I couldn’t have done it without those three.”

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