HARVARD – The District 50 school board selected Julie Lehmann to fill its vacancy Tuesday night.
A Chemung Township resident, Lehmann served as the chairwoman for a group that pushed a $22 million referendum that passed in 2008.
“I realized quickly at that point that it’s important to take an active role,” she said. “I want to do all I can to maximize the educational opportunities for all the children in the district.”
The referendum allowed the district to build Crosby School and drop a grade level at other schools.
Lehmann replaces Jessica Bauman, who earlier this month resigned to go back to school near the halfway point of her four-year term.
Lehmann said she hadn’t considered running for election in the spring because she felt there already were a lot of strong candidates coming from Chemung Township.
“When the opening came, I saw the opportunity and thought this was a great time,” she said.
Lehmann has three children in the district, ages 10, 8 and 6. She said she hopes to bring an open mind to the table, and make good decisions for the good of the whole.
“I definitely bring a new voice, an analytical mind,” she said.