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first_imgThe Evergreen school board on Tuesday appointed Julie Bocanegra as its newest member.The appointment became necessary after former member Troy Thomas resigned for personal reasons in January. State law provides that school boards appoint replacements to serve out the departed member’s term. Bocanegra will hold her seat until the end of 2013. She can run for re-election next year.The 39-year-old manages two branches of the Columbia Credit Union. She also is a former chair of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce, former president of the Evergreen Little League and a lifelong Vancouver resident.Bocanegra and her husband have a son, Zach, who is a freshman at Heritage High School.She said her professional management experience has equipped her with leadership qualities. Having been on multiple nonprofit boards before means she understands how boards work, Bocanegra said. She is an alumna of Prairie High School in Battle Ground and a graduate of Clark College.Bocanegra does not intend to stir things up as the newest director of Evergreen schools.“The work of the board has been awesome,” she said. “It has had a good direction since the early ’90s.”Close friends who are parents of Evergreen students urged her to apply for the position, she said. Nobody from within Evergreen schools had been involved in her decision to apply, she said.After the district in January announced it would accept applications for Thomas’ seat from residents in his boundary, seven people heeded the call, said board President Joan Skelton. Evergreen board members represent the geographic area they live in.last_img read more

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