Library Programming Coordinator to Join Dixon – Shaw Local School Board

DIXON — Kathleen Schaefer, programming coordinator at the Dixon Public Library, was unanimously chosen Friday to serve an unexpired term on the Dixon Public Schools School Board.

The board interviewed five candidates on Friday in a five-hour executive session and then voted on their picks, Superintendent Margo Empen said.

The other candidates interviewed by the jury were Cory Lance, Maura Harrison, Aaqil Khan and Jim Grot.

Schaefer will be installed at the May 18 meeting. The mandate lasts until May 2023.

Schaefer currently sits on the Community Engagement Committee of the Board of Directors. In February, she was one of several committee members who presented the council with their findings on the school start time survey which showed a clear division among respondents on the subject.

Her part of the discussion focused on the community’s anxiety about the availability of child care if the district adopted a new schedule — a decision the council put off. She shared her own experiences in early childhood education and how child care services are being strained by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vacancy was created by the departure of Board Vice Chairman Rachael Gehlbach, whose family is moving to the Madison, Wisconsin area.

Because Gehlbach is an officer, the council must also reconfigure the list of officers.

This year, Gehlbach and board member Jon Wadsworth served on the community engagement committee with Schaefer.

Special meeting Monday. Council has called a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. and is recommending a closed session to discuss a student disciplinary case.

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