2017-05-25 / Local News

Halvorsen named to fill S-B board seat

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff

The Suttons Bay Board of Education filled a vacant seat by appointment this week.

The School Board voted unanimously Monday to appoint Tim Halvorsen to fill a vacancy created earlier this month with the resignation of Trustee Erik Bahle.

Halvorsen, a Michigan State Trooper, is the spouse of longtime Suttons Bay special education teacher Kelly Halvorsen. They have two children — one a ninth grader and the other in 10th — who attend Suttons Bay.

Halvorsen, the only applicant for the position, was interviewed at the beginning of the board’s final “workshop/ regular” meeting of the 2016-17 school year. The appointment was made offi- cial with a vote at the end of the meeting.

“He’ll be sworn in and seating at our next meeting June 12,” Superintendent Chris Nelson said.

Bahle resigned just five months into the position. He was elected to a fouryear term in November. However, from the time he was seated in January to his resignation, Bahle was critical of the board’s decision-making and the actions of Superintendent Nelson.

Specifically, Bahle criticized Nelson for his leadership in pursuit of a $14.2 million recreation center with community pool planned at the site of the former middle school wing that is leased to Leelanau Montessori Charter Academy and th Leelanau Christian Neighbors.

Plans for the proposed community center, talked about for more than a year, were scrapped in February after they were met with opposition from the public.

Bahle also disapproved of the administration’s lapse in placing up-todate meeting schedules on the school website saying the practice was not completely “transparent.”

Halvorsen’s appointment will run through the next General Election in November 2018 at which time candidates will be running for the two years remaining in Bahle’s unexpired term.

There were no declared school board candidates on the November 2016 ballot. All four were write-in candidates.

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