Baker, who was not present at the school board meeting, will be sworn into office during the board’s next meeting in April. Upon being sworn in, Baker said she plans to focus on learning the school board procedures.
“I’m looking forward to serving on the board,” the 59-year-old said after hearing the news of her appointment. “I think it’s exciting and I’m looking forward to serving the district and the community.”
Baker has lived in Grand Haven since 1975, and all of her three children are Grand Haven High School graduates. She worked for the Grand Haven school district for nearly two decades in several capacities — including community education, the district’s state and federal programs office, and Head Start program. She retired from the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District in 2011.
School board President Chris Houghtaling said each of the four candidates who applied for the position were asked a series of questions during a public meeting last week — two from each of the six board members — regarding their experience, accomplishments and critical challenges within the school district, skills they have that could help the board, confidentiality issues, and criteria the board should consider in filling the seat. The board also asked questions about time commitment and why the candidates wanted to run for the school board.
“We carefully considered their answers to the questions, and we had an open and frank discussion regarding each of the candidates,” Houghtaling said.
The school board ranked the candidates based on their answers, with the top candidates being Sandra Huber and Baker, according to Houghtaling. Late last week, Huber asked to withdraw from the candidacy, leaving Baker the top candidate, board officials said during Wednesday’s meeting.
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