NORFOLK Neb.-- Norfolk Public Schools has selected a new member to join the board of education.
 
During Monday's Board of Education meeting, NPS interviewed four separate candidates to fill their board member vacancy. The position was originally held by Bruce Mitchell who vacated his position since he was moving outside the Norfolk School District. In a 3-2 vote, the board selected LeAnn Widhalm to take his position. Widhalm was selected among 4 candidates who were interviewed during the board meeting.
 
“This is my fifth year in retirement, ” Widhalm said. "Now being my fifth year out I've been on different boards in the community, do community service, I volunteer two days a week...so I feel like now that I've been out enough...it's making me miss the kids."
 
Widhalm elaborated that her desire to return was because she missed working with students and helping them reach their goals, as well as working with a district like NPS that is conscientious about its spending.
 
The Board of Education felt that Widhalm's prior experience of being a teacher and relevant experiences on councils and boards would make her a good fit for the school. Widhalm is a former Norfolk Public Schools teacher and was a part of the special education leadership team. She says she is currently on the Norfolk Area Community Foundation Board as well as the Norfolk Public Schools Foundation board and spent 25 years on various councils in the Nebraska State Education Association.
 
The next meeting for the Board of Education is scheduled to take place on September 23, however, the board of education has stated that the meeting may not happen. Widhalm will be sworn in on the October 11 meeting instead where she will hold duties on the board until re-elections next year.