Committee recommends Shafto for APS board

ALPENA — The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education will have a new member appointed on Monday.

Stephanie Shafto was recommended by the board’s interview committee Friday to take an open seat that has been vacant for the past month. Jackie Krawczak resigned from the board in May because of her work schedule with the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m thrilled to have been selected for the APS school board. All of us have an obligation to encourage education in our community, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to step up to the plate,” Shafto said Friday. “I look forward to doing what I can to serve our community, our youth, and our educators.”

The board interview committee, consisting of president Gordon Snow, treasurer Mike Barnett, and trustee Steven Donajkowski, interviewed Shafto, Jeffrey Mindock, Debra Ludwiczak, and Eric Lawson Thursday and Friday for the vacant position.

The committee recommended Shafto to the full board for approval because she would represent a large portion of people in the community.

“She doesn’t have an agenda,” Donajkowski said. “She has opinions, which is good. Opinions are good as long as they are effective.”

Shafto told the board during her interview Thursday that she wants to help point the future of Alpena Schools in the right direction and bring the opinion of an average mom in the district to the board.

A couple of challenges for the district, Shafto said, are looking for improvements to help students who want to go into college or workforce and see what other career opportunities are out there for students.

“I want to support education in Alpena,” Shafto said during her interview.

When asked how she would help get the word out about a millage or bond proposal, Shafto said the community should be educated and be shown pictures of buildings that have ongoing issues.

Shafto said she was involved with Lincoln Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council.

The full board will vote on appointing Shafto to the board on Monday. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in the Gerry Ludwig Board Room on Gordon Road.

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.