Diana Staresinic-Deane, manager of the Old Depot Museum, 135 W. Tecumseh St., Ottawa, has been appointed as the Ottawa school board’s newest member.
“My interest in being a good board member stems from my interest in being a good citizen, and part of being a good citizen is making sure that the next generation has access to a great education,” Staresinic-Deane said in an email to the Herald.
Board members voted 4-2 Monday to appoint Staresinic-Deane out of three interested candidates. Harold Wingert and Tim Catlin both voted against the appointment.
“I’m going to vote ‘no’ on this, and again, it’s not against anyone in particular, any of the three that have been nominated,” Wingert said. “My personal belief, and I just want to restate it, is that I’m voting ‘no’ to not fill that position until November when the election is.”
Staresinic-Deane will fill the position of Bill Allegre, who resigned earlier this summer. Although she is completing Allegre’s term only until it expires in November, she said she’s looking forward to “the opportunity to learn more about how good school board policies can help meet the needs of our students, families, and teachers.”
At Monday’s school board meeting, Julie Deandreo, who joined the board in early July, was appointed as the new vice president. Dandreo was chosen in a unanimous vote to complete the term of former board member Britani Potter. The term ends Jan. 13, 2020.