For Ginny Holthus, it feels like the culmination of 20 years of volunteerism with the Hermiston School District.

During Tuesday night's Hermiston School Board work session, Holthus was appointed by the board to complete the final two years of former Hermiston School Board member Bryan Brock's term. Brock announced his resignation last month, effective June 30.

"I'm very excited,"?Holthus said. "There were some really good candidates, so I'm sure it was a hard choice."

The appointment came after the board interviewed Holthus, along with other applicants Kalvin Keys and Duane Johnson.

During the interview process each candidate was asked three questions: why they wanted to serve on the board, what they would do if the board made a decision they did not agree with, and what they hoped to be remembered for once their term is over if not re-elected.

Holthus said she had served on several committees during her involvement with the district. She served as treasurer of Hermiston's "Yes for Kids"?committee, which championed the district's $69.9 million bond package last year. Holthus said she felt it was only natural to apply for the school board with her kids having now passed through the district.

Board member Phil Hamm motioned in favor of Holthus being appointed board member for position 7.

"Given her commitment to the district for several years, I think Ginny is the right choice," he said.

After the motion, the board voted unanimously in favor of Holthus' appointment.

Hamm and the board thanked Keys and Johnson for showing their willingness to take on the challenge of being a board member even though they were not appointed.

Those challenges, Holthus said, include passing the budget and seeing the completion of the school district's bond projects and are ones she is eager to take on.

In other board business, the board approved a resolution on the district budget for the 2009-10 school year and final design plans for the three schools to be replaced as part of the bond package.

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