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Bradley to fill vacant school board seat

June 21, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

After considering three candidates for the vacancy on the North Tama Board of Education, the Board selected Valerie Bradley to the seat during their monthly meeting on Monday, June 18.

Bradley's professional background is in the financial and management world, but she has been President of the Pied Piper Preschool and Child Care board in town and treasure of the NT Boosters. She also currently has two children enrolled at North Tama.

"I feel it's important to be involved in your community and if you want to make a change you have to be part of that change," Bradley said. "I have experience from working on several boards and I bring a different perspective not being in education. "I'm a parent that wants to see changes made. To ensure North Tama remains a viable, independent school for the future, we need to sustain this community."

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Bradley hopes by having a strong school district that more younger families will move to Traer even if they seek job opportunities in Waterloo or even Cedar Rapids. She was sworn in as at the meeting and will fulfill the rest of the term until November 2019 and will then have to seek election to remain on the board.

"This is a lot of new information for me, but I think it will be a good challenge and learning experience," Bradley said.

All candidates for the vacant seat opened by Gretchen Pargeon earlier this spring were required to be a resident of North Tama's Director District #5. North Tama Superintendent David Hill and the district posed questionnaires for the three candidates. Each were present at the board meeting, where Bradley was selected among a "qualified field of candidates".

"Valerie's level of involvement in the community and school already has prepared her for the school board," Hill said. "We were so fortunate to have three candidates put their names forward that all had various backgrounds and good things they would have brought to the school board. Ultimately, the board had to make a decision and made a good one."

Fortunately for Bradley, the Board is in the midst of transitioning into a new school year and is an opportune time to bring her up to speed on school finances and other duties of the school board. Training opportunities will be provided by the Iowa School Board Association.

"Valerie has been involved in her community and has kids in the district, and I feel that's what sold the Board that she would be the best fit," Board President Tiffany Feisel said. "She brings experience and community involvement and we are happy to have her."



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