Wayland Union Schools Board Trustee Jason Shane has resigned from his position to accept an out-of-state job opportunity.
Shane, who served for a little more than a year on the job after being elected in November 2020, has been a Wayland resident since 2009. As he was making his exit, he recommended to board colleagues Monday night that he be succeeded by former Board President Cinnamon Mellema.
“If she’d be willing to slide into this position, she’d be an excellent choice,” Shane said of Mellema, who was not re-elected to a board seat in the last election.
Board President Dan Cassini said, “It has been a privilege getting to know Jason, even for this abbreviated time. He’s already made a positive impact on this board and district and he’ll be missed. I know this is a fantastic opportunity for both him and his family and I certainly wish them all the very best!”
Superintendent Dr. Christina Hinds shared, “Mr. Shane’s dedication to the school district and community as a whole has been appreciated. Mr. Shane and his family will be missed, yet will always be part of the Wildcat community!”
Shane said to Hinds, “You’ve taught me a lot this past year,” adding to fellow board members, “I have enjoyed working with this group.”
Anyone who interested in seeking the Board of Education Trustee vacancy is encouraged to submit a one-page letter of interest to Board of Education Secretary Janel Hott at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.
The vacant seat will be filled by appointment and the candidate selected will serve at least until the November 2022 election, at which time the winner will hold the seat for another two years.
The four-year terms of three incumbent board members, Pete Zondervan, Toni Ordway and Janel Hott, will expire at the end of this year.