AMA ESD hires McGee to fill Hillman School board vacancy


ALPENA — The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational School District Board of Education appointed Lorilee McGee to the Hillman Community Schools Board of Education on Thursday.

“I’m excited,” McGee said. “I’m excited to help the community in this role and look forward to working with all the members of the school board and the new superintendent.”

McGee is excited to work with Hillman School Board President Kelly Burwell.

“We go way back,” she said. “She’s great to work with and I’m glad that she’s the president now. I think she has a good head on her shoulders and a great leader.”

McGee is looking forward to working with Hillman Superintendent Carl Seiter while on the board.

“It’s been good so far. I’ve talked to him a few times,” McGee said. “A handful of times now he has the door open for my kids and I walk in when we walk them to school so we see him at the front door.”

McGee added that Seiter gets to know the kids, teases them, and really enjoys thems and she thinks it’s great when the parents get to see that.

“I’m really excited that he is doing that because it’s going to make a huge difference,” McGee said.

The ESD board was impressed with how McGee was prepared to answer the questions asked of her.

“She had done her homework,” Secretary Richard Matteson said. “Her answers were much better and different than what they were last week.”

Trustee Gailen Thornton said that it’s refreshing to find someone that has students in the school system.

“I think she recognizes the fact that administrators haven’t been around long over there and she’s interested in trying to change that,” he said. “If you’re going to be successful, you need something that’s consistent and get it going.”

Burwell is excited to have a full board after having this vacancy since September.

“It’s a relief,” she said. “Hopefully we can come together as a team and start moving forward and have that continuity. I’m excited for this opportunity and ready to get it going.”

McGee said that the wait to be on the board was worth it in the end. Burwell will swear her in to the board at the next Hillman School Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 13.

“I think she will be a wonderful board member,” Burwell said. “She brings a different perspective to our board with her background and valued experience that we don’t currently have.”

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