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RAINIER — The Rainier School District is accepting applications for a new school board member after the death of longtime board member Penny Blahm.

Applicants must have lived in the school district for at least one year and must fill out and submit an application (available at the school district’s website or by calling Lisa Skeans at (503)556-3777 ext. 263) by 3 p.m. June 4.

Applications must be emailed to

The applicants will be interviewed by the remaining board members from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on June 11 before the monthly board meeting at the Rainier High School campus.

The new board member will serve until the 2019 primary election, when he or she will have to be elected by the public in order to continue.

Blahm, who died April 5, was on the board since 2005.

Other announcements from Monday night’s Rainier school board meeting include:

  • Rainier Junior-Senior High School has found a replacement for departing co-principal Melissa Sandven: Kim Oblack, now the principal of the district’s alternative school, North Columbia Academy. Oblack will be the school’s vice principal, while Graden Blue will serve as the sole principal.
  • The district is considering moving sixth grade from Hudson Park Elementary to Rainier Junior-Senior High School. According to school board members, this move could free up space in the elementary and help with meeting Oregon’s physical education mandates. Superintendent Michael Carter said after sending out more information in July, the district should hold a community meeting on the issue in August.


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