STRYKER — Emily Clemens had always thought about running for the Stryker Local Schools Board of Education.
And with board member Ben Woolace moving away, Clemens was appointed his successor by the board and was sworn in to serve the rest of his four-year term at the board’s meeting Monday.
“I was excited,” said Clemens, who also serves as a Stryker village clerk. “I’ve thought about being on the board before, and just haven’t pursued it. And I thought this would be a great time to not do the whole four years, and do a little test run (and) get my feet wet.
“Then, if I really enjoy it, I’ll run again, and hopefully get it.”
Clemens is joining the board in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, just as more schools are starting to release their reopening plans.
The board said it will have its reopening plan sent out to parents and teachers by the end of the week. Clemens said she’s excited to see what happens, “behind the scenes that I wouldn’t have known before.
“It actually puts me at ease with how the school’s doing things,” Clemens said. “It’ll be a trying time, because you’re not going to make everyone happy, obviously. You’re gonna have some people mad, some people not.”
And with Clemens’ appointment, Stryker Superintendent Nate Johnson said he’s glad to see her join the board.
“(Clemens) is going to be a great asset,” Johnson said.
The board also approved the contract of the new dean of students, Beth Morr, who said she’s excited to take on the role.