By RODNEY D. BOAM
Jody Shumway, a cattle rancher and a general accounting manager at Pepperidge Farms, was named a trustee to the Preston School Board in an Aug. 18 meeting replacing Tom Madsen, who stepped down.
As Shumway understood it, when Madsen decided to vacate the office they went through some names and did some interviews. The board then voted on who they wanted to be part of the board.
Shumway said he has one of his children in each of the district’s schools and felt like he had a stake in the school system.
“I think it is a good opportunity. I have an interest in education in the county,” Shumay said.
He will finish out Madsen’s term then likely run for the seat when it is up for election.
“They would like there to be some continuity with the trustees; there is a lot to be said when it comes to continuity, especially with some of things they are working on.”
Some of the projects the district is working on may take from one to three years, so keeping someone on board would make things a whole lot easier.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve and improve the education in Franklin County,” he said.
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