A former member of the Oregon school board has been appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the recent death of Betty Carstensen.
The board Wednesday appointed Sheron Baumgartner to fill the unexpired term of Carstensen, 85, who died Sept. 5, but was planning to run for re-election in the Nov. 3 election.
The board selected Baumgartner from a host of other potential candidates based upon her experience and knowledge of the district, said board president Jeff Ziviski.
Baumgartner served previously on the school board from 1982-1993. She is a graduate of Clay High School and Bowling Green State University. Mrs. Baumgartner worked at St. Charles Hospital in a supervisory capacity prior to her retirement there after 35 years. She is a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and has served as a member of the bard of trustees.
Baumgartner also served 10 years on the Oregon City Schools Foundation Board and is a former recipient of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Board Member of the Year Award for Northwestern Ohio.
“We had numerous options available to us however, we were looking specifically for someone with prior board experience that could maintain representation for Jerusalem Township. Sheron is unique in that she meets our established criteria and is available to serve the district in a time of need,” Ziviski said.
Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar commented that he was pleased with the selection of Baumgartner.
"The board did a great job in searching out a number of options to fill Betty’s seat. They exercised discretion and good judgment by acting decisively with the best interests of the district at heart. Sheron is highly qualified and has the support of Betty’s family,” he said.
Baumgartner commented: “I am honored to fill out Betty’s term on the school board. I don’t consider myself a replacement for Betty. Betty can never be replaced. I’m just filling in for her until the election takes place this fall.”
Carstensen had been a board member since 1993 and was consistently a top vote-getter in board elections.
Her term expires Dec. 31.