WARRENTON — The Warrenton-Hammond School District sponsored a cake party for Leonard (Len) Mossman Monday.
After five years with the district’s Board of Directors, Mossman bowed out recently to focus more on his duties with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“I wouldn’t be leaving if there wasn’t more important things I had to do,” said Mossman, an officer with the Warrenton Police Department and a high-ranking member in the church, overseeing youth programs. A lot is happening with the church, he added, after a 900-person congregation in Astoria recently split to create a new branch in Warrenton. Both have more than 400 members.
Mossman said that if the time opens up, he’d be interested in running for the school board again.
His replacement, sworn in at the last board meeting, is Joe Talamantez, the finance manager at Management and Training Corporation, which operates Tongue Point Job Corps Center for the U.S. Department of Labor.
Talamantez, who was unable to attend Monday’s meeting, has held seats on Lower Columbia Youth Wrestling, Warrenton Kids Football, Warrenton Kids Inc. and the Warrenton Parks Advisory Board. Some of his goals on the board are to form policy and guidelines to help students of the district achieve higher academic standards.
Major league school board
A couple baseball metaphors could be heard during Warrenton’s meeting Monday, owing to the presence of Brian Bruney, who’s settling into his new community role after replacing former Astoria Finance Director Mark Carlson, who took a similar job in Lake Tahoe, Calif., in the spring.
“Now that life’s settled down a bit, it’s time for me to do my part,” said Bruney, 32, who retired from professional baseball two years ago and is now a local real estate broker.
Joining the school board in the midst of heated negotiations with teachers’ unions might not seem like the best timing, but Bruney said it was the best time for him to step in.
“I know teachers,” he said. “I’m friends with teachers. I want to be a voice of fairness for everyone.”
In addition to being on the school board, Bruney coaches softball, little league and the Lower Columbia All-Stars.
Both Bruney and Talamantez, who were appointed to their positions, must run for election in May.