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UCSD school board selects Amanda Schmahl to temporarily fill vacant seat

Superintendent Kim Hanisch sworn in Amanda Schmahl to UCSD's school board Wednesday evening.
Sofia Stuart-Rasi
Superintendent Kim Hanisch sworn in Amanda Schmahl to UCSD's school board Wednesday evening.

Unalaska’s school board swore in new member Amanda Schmahl Wednesday evening. She’ll serve on the board until the island’s municipal election on Oct. 3.

Schmahl is replacing Bob Cummings, who resigned from his position in July, before moving off-island. Cummings had sat on the board for the Unalaska City School District for nearly four years.

Schmahl is the aquatics manager for Unalaska’s Department of Parks, Culture and Recreation. She said she’s excited to join the board for the start of the school year.

“I want to be a part of a committee that can make a difference in my community,” Schmahl said at Wednesday’s board meeting.

UCSD board members selected Schmahl over Trever Shaishnikoff during an executive session. The two were the only community members who submitted letters of interest for the vacant seat.

Unalaskans will vote on three school board seats in this year’s general municipal election. Applications to run for an open board position must be submitted to the city clerk by 5 p.m. Monday.

Sofia was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She’s reported around the U.S. for local public radio stations, NPR and National Native News. Sofia has a Master of Arts in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism from the University of Montana, a graduate certificate in Documentary Studies from the Salt Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder. In between her studies, Sofia was a ski bum in Telluride, Colorado for a few years.
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