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School board members to pick final member

A new school board member will be appointed Tuesday afternoon after the Austin Public Schools board meets to interview the four finalists.

The board's choice will replace Curt Rude, who was removed by the board in March on recommendation from an arbiter, and bring the school board back to its full strength.

The interviews and the decision will take place during a special board meeting. Each interview is scheduled to last 15 minutes. The meeting will start at noon in the district offices.

The board will interview retired speech-language pathologist Jeff Ollmann; accountant and Special Education Advisory Committee member Aaron J. DeVries;  tax preparer and substitute teacher Lisa Peters; and tax preparer Robin Krueger, who belongs to the district's Instructional Curriculum Advisory and Gifted and Talented committees.

School board members will question the four finalists and pick Rude's replacement after the interviews are done.


A committee of school board members and district officials reviewed nine applications for the open seat and chose the group from that pool.

Rude was removed from the board after an arbitrator found a conflict of interest created by Rude's civil lawsuit, which involved the school district, and recommended the board remove him.

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