(Posted Jan. 8, 2020)
By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer
Two new members of the Madison-Plains school board took the oath of office at the board’s Jan. 7 meeting.
In the November election, Becky Rheinscheld was elected to a full four-year term that expires at the end of 2023. Bryan Stonerock was elected to an unexpired term that run through the end of 2021.
For Rheinscheld, serving on the board means “everything,” she said.
Rheinscheld has lived in the Madison-Plains school district her entire life. She attended Madison-Plains schools from fourth grade through high school graduation. Her two daughters also attended Madison-Plains, graduating in 2006 and 2013. During the day, Rheinscheld drives a school bus.
“I want everything for this school and this district,” she said.
As a school board member, Rheinscheld said she aims to create greater unity between the district and the community.
Stonerock also aims to create greater unity. He sees transparency from the board as the key, he said.
“How can we as board members make the public understand that everything we do is for them, for the kids, not for us,” he said.
Stonerock’s son is a freshman at the high school. His two daughters graduated from Madison-Plains in 2016 and 2019. His grandson also will attend Madison-Plains.
“I want the best for … the district’s kids,” he said.
In addition to tending to regular business, the board held its annual organizational meeting which included electing officers for the year. Anthoula Xenikis was named board president. Kelly Cooley was named vice president.
“I feel very honored to have been chosen. I look forward to working with old and new members, our administration and our community,” Xenikis said. “We have a path. We have a plan, and now I just want to be a part of executing it.”