Blaine County School Board fills vacant seat

Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 5:29 PM MDT
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The Blaine County School District Board of Trustees unanimously selected a new board member on Thursday evening.

Ellen Mandeville is a Hailey resident and parent with two children in the school district.

She was one of four candidates who applied to fill the vacant seat that has been open since July.

“I am delighted to have a full board of trustees. We have a lot of work to do around student issues and we need to get to work. So it’s wonderful to have a full board,” said GwenCarol Holmes, Superintendent for Blaine County School District.

The four member board was split between two other candidates during Thursday’s meeting, Irene Healy, who was actually my high school chemistry teacher and Kaz Thea who you’ve seen in my stories about the local farmers market, which she organizes.

Mandeville is essentially the tie breaker candidate who will now fill the vacant seat.

“I would like to resolve conflicts. I have not been embroiled in them and so I think I’m in a good place to bring people together and resolve conflicts, work toward healthy debate, and work toward building trust again so that we can get on with the mission of the district which is educating children,” said Ellen Mandeville, newest member of the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees.

If you’d like to learn more about Mandeville, you can check out her blog,