Road commission director appointed to school board

By Jessica Beery • Last Updated 7:31 pm on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Randy Stearns

CARSON CITY — A face most often associated with road maintenance in Montcalm County will now be seen at the table of Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education meetings.
Randy Stearns, managing director of the Road Commission for Montcalm County, was appointed on Monday to fill the vacancy created by board member Tara Herald’s resignation last month. She recently moved out of the district and was no longer eligible to serve.
Stearns is a long-time Carson City-Crystal resident. He graduated from the Carson City-Crystal High School in 1971 and his three daughters also graduated from the school.
“I’ve always wanted to (serve on the school board),” Stearns said.
He believes his experiences at the road commission over the past several years will help him relate to the school district’s challenges of providing quality service with less money.
“It’s not so much about helping us survive, it’s about helping us thrive,” Stearns said. “I know what they’re going through.”
Stearns was  selected from a pool of four other candidates: John Hessbrook, Connie Kelsey, Randy Norton and Todd Butler.
“We couldn’t have gone wrong with most of them,” said Board President Tom Wilcox. “We were excited we had such an interest and we encourage each of them to keep their mind open for future board openings. It felt good to know there are people interested in serving.”
Stearns will finish out Herald’s term until next year’s school board elections, where the board vacancy will be up for vote.
“I’m really looking forward to this,” Stearns said.

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