Finalists named for open spot on Walla Walla School Board

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WALLA WALLA — Three finalists have been named as candidates to fill a vacancy on the Walla Walla School Board.

Members of the School Board announced Conrado Cavazos Jr., Dr. Christopher Jenkins and Ruth Ladderud as the finalists vying for a vacant board seat left following the resignation of Jim Lehmann.

Lehmann left the board last month while serving his second term, having joined the board in 2008. Lehmann said he was honored and priviliged to have served on the School Board, but was looking to spend more time with his family on the East Coast.

The School Board named the finalists Tuesday during its monthly meeting, following an executive session reviewing applicants for the position. School Board members will interview the finalists during a public meeting to be held Sept 25 at 4 p.m. at the district’s offices. The new board member will be sworn in Oct. 2.

Cavazos Jr. is a local attorney and a member of the Walla Walla City Council. He has been active on the Walla Walla County Housing Authority Board and a member of several clubs that address Hispanic issues.

Jenkins is an emergency room physician for Walla Walla General Hospital. A Walla Walla High School graduate, he recently moved from rural Idaho to return to his hometown.

Ladderud is a Whitman College employee and Wa-Hi graduate. She is a member of the district Community Facilities Task Force, and has served on the Explorer Parent Organization and Citizens for Schools groups. Ladderud is a recipient of the Art Regier Volunteer of Year award, and is active in the American Association of University Women.

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