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Brown to stay on Grand Island School Board

Incumbent Terry Brown last month lost his race for re-election to the Ward A seat on the Grand...
Incumbent Terry Brown last month lost his race for re-election to the Ward A seat on the Grand Island School Board. But he will remain on the school board anyway.(10/11 NOW)
Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 1:56 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Incumbent Terry Brown last month lost his race for re-election to the Ward A seat on the Grand Island School Board. But he will remain on the school board anyway.

Lindsey Jurgens beat Brown in the November general election and will take his place on one of the two Ward A seats on the board. But the other Ward A school board member, Kelly Enck, has since resigned her seat because she was moving outside the boundaries of the ward.

Thursday, the Grand Island School Board chose Brown to fill out the two years remaining on Enck’s term. Amanda Coates was the other applicant for the seat.

“We had two very qualified candidates and we will look for ways to involve Mrs. Coates in the district,” said GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover. “Mr. Brown helped establish the strategic plan and that continuity is valuable. Additionally, with our many building projects, his expertise will be important and relied upon.”

Brown is an engineer for Alfred Benesch & Company. He has served on the board of education for 16 years. In his application, Brown stated the strategic plan has provided strong guidance for the district and the district needs to stay the course to complete the plan. During his interview, Brown said the current challenge is to keep staff and students healthy and in school. Moving forward, Brown said, the challenge will be to identify the learning gap resulting from the pandemic and finding ways to overcome those gaps. Brown added that the mission statement is powerful and a call to action to raise up all students and to help them fulfill their full potential.

“Mr. Brown was part of the board that established strong operating principles, which have served the district well,” said GIPS Board President Bonnie Hinkle. “That historical perspective will continue to serve the district and will be an asset with the three new board members.”

Brown will be formally seated on the board on Jan. 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

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