Heights school board appoints member to fill vacant seat

Spring Lake Heights Elementary School. FILE PHOTO

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — The Spring Lake Heights Board of Education appointed a new member at its meeting Thursday night, filling a vacancy after over two hours in executive session.

Anthony Carnahan was determined by the board to be the best fit of the six candidates that interviewed for the seat previously held by Erik Gardner. The term runs until the end of December 2021. 

“I would like to congratulate Tony Carnahan on his appointment to the Board of Education and am confident that he will be a strong asset to the Spring Lake Heights school community,” Spring Lake Heights Superintendent John Spalthoff said.


Board of Education President James McCarthy welcomed Mr. Carnahan to the board and said he expects him to be a big addition to the board.

“Welcome aboard, we’re very excited to have you with us,” Mr. McCarthy said.

Mr. Carnahan thanked the board and said he was happy to have the board’s confidence before he was sworn into the position.

Additionally, one of Mr. Carnahan’s first duties as a member of the board was to join the rest of its members in unanimously appointing Anne McGarry as the board’s vice president.


COVID-19 Update

Mr. Spalthoff told The Coast Star on Monday that the school has still had no issues with any students or staff contracting the coronavirus since most students returned to school full-time, five days a week a month ago. 

“Fingers crossed still no positives or presumed positives in [Spring Lake Heights Elementary School],” he said. Mr. Spalthoff said that the school has been forced to make some adjustments to its virtual learning program, such as in the fifth grade, where several parents have brought forth concerns, as well as making changes to the in-person learning as students have already opted to return to in-person learning from the virtual option.

“We are making adjustments to our virtual learning class for the fifth grade due to concerns brought forward from parents as well as a need to rearrange the in-person learning model.  Students are returning from in-person, which would have created a larger class size in school than we were comfortable with,” Mr. Spalthoff said. “As such, we have had to make adjustments.  I appreciate the community’s patience and flexibility while we continue to navigate these uncharted waters.” 

The next Spring Lake Heights Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held both in person at the school in a limited capacity as well as virtually via Zoom.

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