Job well done

Jul 18, 2012 By Steven R. Peck

An efficient replacement process filled a vacancy on the Riverton school board

The Riverton school board is whole again.

On Tuesday, sitting board members named Lynette Jeffres to a seat on the School District 25 Board of Education. The opening came about with the resignation of Bill Russell, who had served the board well before work responsibilities required a move from Casper.

The remaining board members had the job of naming Russell's successor, and they chose well. Jeffres was one of five applicants for the position -- all of them top-quality candidates -- and she got the nod after all five were interviewed by the board in a process spelled out by state law.

She is well-known in some circles at the school district thanks to her tenure some years ago as the assistant to the Riverton High School activities director, where she was widely respected for her performance. Even now, years after leaving that job, she still is relied upon heavily to help stage the huge Ron Thon Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Riverton. No one handles the nuts and bolts of a big tournament any better than Lynette Jeffres.

That's not the only reason she was selected, of course, but it helps when you have shown your willingness to volunteer for school district service in the past and have come through with flying colors time and again.

If you had to choose a time to join the school board on short notice, you might prefer a different time of year. Moments after Jeffres had been sworn in to her new position, the board sat down for a work session on its next fiscal year budget. The full budget meeting is Wednesday, and she'll be there, fresh nameplate engraved, sitting at the board table with her new colleagues.

A big, complicated school budget is a lot to swallow in your first day on the job. But if there's anyone who will be able to handle it, that person is Lynette Jeffres.

Congratulations to all five applicants who applied to fill the vacancy, to the board for its swift completion of the replacement process, and to the new board member. District 25 was well served by the efficiency of the process, and it will be well served by the new trustee as well.

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