Finalists were only applicants for fill-in post on Walla Walla School Board

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board has revealed the names of the three applicants seeking appointment later this month to an open spot on the panel.

Vying for the position are Todd Brandenburg, Dr. David Hampson and Pamela McBride.

They were the only applicants for the post left vacant by this month’s resignation of board member Max Carrera. The board decided in an executive session before its regular meeting Tuesday to name them all as finalists.

Brandenburg is president of PocketiNet Communications Inc.

The father of five children, he serves on the boards of directors for the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and Walla Walla Noon Rotary, and has participated in school district committees related to technology, and career and technical education.

Hampson, a physician and medical director of the Urgent Care Clinic at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, is involved in his three children’s activities.

He has held leadership positions in youth groups connected with the school district and other community organizations.

McBride, who was a science teacher at Walla Walla High School, retired in June after 30 years of teaching in Walla Walla. She was a senior class adviser at Wa-Hi for 15 years.

The mother of two, her community involvement includes volunteering at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days and leadership in 4-H Club.

The four current School Board members are scheduled to select Carrera’s replacement on Aug. 27 following 45-minute interviews with each applicant beginning at 9:30 a.m. The interviews at the district office, 364 S. Park St., will be open to the public.

The new member will be sworn into office at the regular board meeting Sept. 3.

The position will be up for a districtwide election in 2015.

Also Tuesday, the board hired Forrest Baker as the district’s new technology department director. He succeeds Kirk Jameson, who recently accepted the principal position for the new College Place High School.

According to a Walla Walla Public Schools news release, Baker has worked the past 16 years at Walla Walla Community College in various technology related positions, including the past four years as assistant director of Technology Services.

He will lead the district in developing a new technology plan and assist with developing strategies to improve technology in classroom settings.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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