KNAPPA - A board member joined the Knappa School Board Tuesday evening, along with two budget committee members.

The board appointed Anita Nichols, a 35-year resident, to fill the position vacated by Barbara Oien in October.

"We wanted someone who would run for re-election," Board Chairwoman Kathie Hobbs said.

Oien's term runs until June 30 and another board member will have to file for re-election this winter. Harold Weaver has also announced he will not run for re-election, which would leave two vacant positions.

Nichols said she plans to campaign for the seat. She works in administration of Autio Co., a company that manufactures food processing equipment. She's also served on the site council and the health curriculum committee. She volunteers as a 4-H leader and worked as a secretary for Knappa Summer Recreation. Nichols has worked in elementary education and substituted at Knappa. She has three children, ages 9, 11 and 13, in Hilda Lahti Elementary.

Nichols said she grew up in Knappa and her father served on the school board.

The two other board applicants could not commit to running again. Applicant Joe Johnston has lived in Knappa for four years. He retired from the weather bureau in Astoria.

Applicant Carol Langston, who has lived in the area 29 years, served on the board when Knappa was part of Columbia 5J District from 1993 to 1999. She also served on the budget committee after Knappa split from Columbia 5J from 1999 to 2002.

Langston also applied for the budget committee, and she was appointed along with Carol Webster, who recently retired as a Warrenton School District business manager. Webster has lived in Knappa for 25 years.

Residents Cullen Bangs, Willard Richardson and Barbara Wells also interviewed.

Board members interviewed applicants Tuesday and appointed members immediately after the interviews. Board members commented they were impressed with the number of applicants. Weaver said this was the largest number of applicants he's ever seen.

"It shows that people believe in what we're doing," Hobbs said.

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