Woodland Public Schools Board of Directors selects new interim Director for District 5

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Woodland Public Schools Board of Directors selected Steven B. Madsen as interim representative for the Director District 5 board position for a two-year appointment during a special board meeting on Thursday, October 8. Madsen will serve as Director until the general election in 2017, and will be sworn in to the board during the regular board meeting on Monday, October 12.

Madsen moved to Cowlitz County in 1969 when he was 5. He attended the Keslo School District for grades K-12. In 2006, he moved with his family to the Yale Valley. Madsen has a 12-year-old daughter attending Woodland Middle School. "My goal for the future of Woodland's schools is to provide our kids with an educational experience that will prepare them for their future," said Madsen. "In particular, I want to help maximize the value of the Career Center to provide all the resources possible to give our students clear direction for their professional lives following graduation."

Madsen previously served as a board member for Woodland Public Schools, but left to pursue an out-of-state business opportunity. "After discovering I remain in Woodland more than I initially anticipated, I have the benefit of having the time to serve," said Madsen. "I have always found service on the school board to be highly rewarding and am simply happy to have the opportunity to rejoin as a board director."

Woodland Public Schools previously announced David L. Hahm, Jr. as interim director on Tuesday, October 6, however the district since determined Hahm’s home address does not reside in district 5, and, therefore, Hahm was not eligible for the role. The interim position initially became available following Director for District 5 Jeremy Stuart’s resignation in August.