Danedri Thompson
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Officials offered an appreciative send-off to three long-serving members of the school board on June 8. A brief, 20-minute meeting served as the swan song for board members Mark Grannell, Mary Herbert and James Repshire. The three members sat on the board for a combined total of more than four decades.
None of the trio sought re-election last spring.
Gardner resident Steve Hale addressed the board to offer his thanks for their service.
He said the school district’s legacy is a credit to the school’s outgoing board members.
Herbert was first seated on the board in 1995.
“Probably nobody who has ever served on this school board has had as good a relationship with the school teachers as had Mary Herbert,” Hale said.
He said the three probably haven’t received the due respect for what they’ve accomplished as board members. Grannell served on the board from 2007 to 2015, and Repshire, who did not attend the meeting, served on the board from 1999 to 2015.
”Everything you’ve done has been in the best interest of our kids,” Hale said.
USD 231 Superintendent Pam Stranathan said retiring board members had requested that officials not make a big deal of their departure.
“But we felt like with the years of service they have provided, it would not be the right thing to do,” she said. “We wanted to acknowledge them and say thank you.”
Board member Brad Chandler said that despite some disagreements between board members, he appreciated their service to the district.
“You guys have absolutely made a difference in this school district,” Chandler said.
Stranathan invited guests to stick around following the meeting for cake and snacks, and she presented Grannell, Herbert and Repshire with plaques.
They read: “To honor your service to the board of education, your guidance and direction has strengthened the board between the community and the school.”
USD 231 residents elected their trios’ replacements last April. Greg Chapman, Kristen Schultz, and Robin Strentz will be sworn into office at the July meeting.
In other business, board members:
• approved the transfer of funds and final processing of claims to close out the 2014-2015 year.

• approved an annual renewal of a facility usage agreement between Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department and USD 231.

• approved a $48,518 payment to Academic Superstore for Microsoft licensing.