McElwee-Stevens selected to serve on the District 833 School Board

The School Board interviewed five candidates for the single vacancy on the Board. In advance of the meeting, the School Board’s Personnel Committee met, developed criteria, and worked through their selection process of applicants to interview for the appointment to replace former Chair Leslee Boyd, who resigned in December of 2012.


Following the interviews, Board members went through a selection process and formally approved the appointment of Kathleen McElwee-Stevens who will begin duties once sworn in at the next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10.  She will serve in this position until the first meeting following the November 2013 General Election, when the community votes on the person to serve until the original position, held by Boyd, is fulfilled at the end of 2015.


McElwee-Stevens has worked at Newport Elementary School in District 833 since 2003 as a paraprofessional. She served on the district’s School Board in 2006-07 and is an active parent/volunteer in the district. McElwee-Stevens also works at the Newport City Hall and served as the City of Newport Planning Commissioner from 2003-05. McElwee-Stevens has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and has taken post graduation courses in Psychology – Human Resources there as well.


When asked in the interview process why she wanted to be on the School Board, McElwee-Stevens said she “wants to help lead this community and support the school district. As a parent and employee in the district, I see the needs and perspectives of both sides of the equation.”


Superintendent Jacobus said he “is pleased with the comprehensive process the board put together to select a candidate and is excited to work with Katy as a Board member.”


The other candidates interviewed, and thanked for their interest in service to the district were:

  • Rick Goecke of Cottage Grove
  • Jonathan Hunt of Woodbury
  • Daryl Parks of Woodbury
  • William Thurmes of Cottage Grove

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