Six school district residents sought seat being vacated by Greer

    The Crookston School Board on Thursday unanimously selected Kari Miller to fill the spot of Phill Greer on the board after conducting interviews Thursday afternoon with five school district residents who had expressed interest in being appointed. A sixth candidate was on a trip and unavailable for an in-person interview Thursday, but answered questions in writing.   

    Board Chair Frank Fee said the board is excited to have Miller on the board. Miller is a local optometrist at Crookston Eye Clinic, which she owned up to a year or so ago.    

    “We conducted the interviews and the four board members present were very impressed with all the candidates, but felt Mrs. Miller was the right person at this time for the board,” Fee said. “All the candidates interviewed were so impressive that the board asked each one of them to please think about putting their hat in the ring with the next school board election, which will be in a couple years.”   

    Board members Fee, Dave Davidson, Tim Dufault and Adrianne Winger conducted the interviews and submitted Miller’s name to Superintendent Chris Bates. Miller, along with Patti Dillabough, will officially become board members Jan. 6, but won’t be sworn in as board members until the first school board meeting in January 2015.    

    “I think Kari will add another dimension to the school board,” said Fee. “She has owned a successful business, is active on many other boards and also active with the school, especially concerning her children. With that said, with her current job and involvement with certain school projects, we think she will have a good pulse of what the school district residents are saying and want, and she will be able to share that with the full board.”