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USD 408 picks rec commissioners

First event scheduled Saturday

Staff Writer

Commissioners to oversee Marion and Florence’s new recreation district were appointed Monday by the USD 408 school board.

Erin Whiteman was appointed to a four-year term, Jessica Reid to a three-year term, Jordan Metro to a two-year term, and Bart Peace to a one-year term.

The four will select a fifth member for a four-year term.

The commissioners will work with James Shipman, hired Nov. 22 as recreation director at $39,000 a year.

The first rec event will be a showing of the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission will be $1. Concession items will be sold during the movie.

Shipman, who lives in Florence, has worked at the high school as a special education paraprofessional. He also is assistant football coach.

Leiker said he hoped the four board members appointed Monday are prompt to select a fifth board member.

“My goal would be by the first of January the board would be prompt in selecting a fifth.

“My goal would be by the first of January the board will be in position and plan for recreation,” Leiker said.

Last modified Dec. 15, 2022