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District 50 selects Lehmann for board spot

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.

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