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Rankin voted new board member





Sarah Rankin is the newest Hays USD 489 Board of Education member.

She was one of seven candidates vying for the seat vacated by Darren Schumacher.

The number of candidates "showed me that this community cared about schools," said BOE vice president James Leiker.

After each candidate gave a brief introduction and was interviewed by the board, Rankin and Paul Adams were nominated for the position.

Josh Waddell said Adams' credentials were impressive, but it concerned him Adams' wife, Cheryl Shepherd-Adams, is a USD 489 teacher.

"I don't know how those two balance," he said.

As a former internal auditor, "I think she brings a skill set that we need at this juncture," Waddell said of Rankin.

The board voted 5-1 for Rankin, with Marty Patterson voting for Adams.

Rankin is a Hays native and attended USD 489 schools. She and her husband Steve have five children, four of them are attending USD 489 schools.

"If I weren't here seeking a seat on the board, I would be out there as a passionate parent," she said gesturing to the large audience in attendance.

She is a member of O'Loughlin Elementary School PTA and the Hays Medical Center Foundation board.

"I think it's critical and important that every decision that comes through is assessed for budget impact," Rankin said.

After her election, Rankin took a seat at the table. She can't participate in any votes until her oath of office is signed and filed with the county clerk's office, BOE president Greg Schwartz.

Rankin was included with other members of the board in a 30-minute executive session for attorney-client privilege.