Wolf Creek fills vacant board position

WATERFORD — The Wolf Creek Local Schools board of education has appointed a 40-year-old project engineer and Waterford High School graduate to a vacant board seat.

Scott Lang, who was one of seven applicants for the post, was named the new board member at a special meeting Monday morning. He will fill a board seat left vacant after no one filed to run for it in the November election. Lang’s appointment is for a one-year term.

“I saw the opportunity and decided I would come forward to see if I was a fit to help the board out and make sure the board had more than a single option,” Lang said in an email to the Times Monday.

Lang said he has lived in Waterford most of his life. A Waterford High graduate from the class of l995, he said even when he left the community to attend college and was kept away during his first years of employment, he remained in touch.

He has helped with projects such as volunteer efforts to improve Waterford Elementary School, he acts as a 4-H advisor and he and his wife, Carrie, a registered nurse and clinical nurse manager, run their church religion school. They have two children, ages 7 and 11, in first and fifth grade at Waterford Elementary.

“The biggest qualification I have is a vested interest in the school and the community, now and in the future,” he said.

Lang said he has no direct experience as a public official but he deals with most of the functions required of a board member — such as finance and personnel — through his work as a project contract engineer. His ambitions for the board position, he said, are basic.

“I have no underlying goals or achievements in mind. I believe the current board is doing a very good job and hope to help them continue doing so,” he said.

Board president Hugh Arnold said at Monday’s meeting that the board had an impressive roster of candidates to choose from.

“We were very pleased with the seven people who were interested in being on the board,” he said. The board interviewed the candidates in executive sessions earlier this month after receiving applications up through Dec. 31.

Lang said he hadn’t considered running in the November election.

“Just like any young, busy family, we were not sure that time would allow it,” he said. “We have since decided as a family it is a commitment worth making,” he said.

He also is leaning toward running in the November 2018 election.

“The first commitment is the hardest, and after that it gets easier,” he said.

The board meets next at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the library at Waterford High School.

At a glance

Wolf Creek Local School Board of Education:

¯ Members: Hugh Arnold, president; Roger Doak, vice president, Greg Adams, Jerry Barnett, Scott Lang.

¯ Next meeting: 6 p.m. Feb. 12, Waterford High School library.