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Sterling schools look to fill board seat

May 7, 2019

STERLING – The Sterling School Board reorganized its administrative structure after the April 2 election, but its body is down one member.

Marc Geil tendered his resignation April 23, a day after the new board met for its first meeting.

Geil, 44, director of global strategic initiatives at Wahl Clipper in Sterling, represented Sterling Township since 2009. He recently moved outside of township boundaries.

The 1992 Sterling High School alum was chairman of the board’s community relations committee, and previously served on the policy and education committees.

“I cannot thank Dr. Geil enough for his 10 years of service on the Sterling Public Schools Board of Education,” Sterling Schools Superintendent Tad Everett said. “During this time he was an instrumental piece in moving our district forward educationally, technologically, and in the arts.”

His replacement will finish his term, which expires in 2021.

Prospective applications must live in Sterling Township. Applications for the open board position, qualification requirements, and a questionnaire with essay questions are available at sterlingpublicschools.org, and are due to Everett no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday. 

The board will have its monthly meeting May 20 and conduct interviews during closed session. If the board can determine a qualified candidate at that time, it can act to fill the open seat at that meeting’s open session, administrative assistant Jill Froeter said.

All board members who served before the April election now have a title. Paul Sandefer was elected board president, replacing the retired Bob Allen. Pam Capes was named vice president, Sarah Nitz treasurer, Julie Zuidema assistant secretary, and Terry McGuire treasurer. Steve Brenner was elected to the board in April. 

“I can personally attest that he was exactly what this community should expect in a school board member,” Everett said. “He listened to the voice of community members, he was actively engaged, and he advocated for students and staff. He was a great board member and will be greatly missed.”