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Father of 4 appointed to school board

A physical therapist and father of four was appointed Monday night to serve as a Kennewick School District board member for 3 1/2 months.

Brian Brooks received the board's vote to be its newest director, filling the seat vacated by Wendy London last month, a district spokeswoman announced.

He will be sworn in during Wednesday's regular board meeting.

London had served on the school board since 2007. She resigned her position effective July 20 to become the new director of curriculum and instruction in the Seattle Public School District.

The decision was made Monday after all six candidates were interviewed in a special public meeting, followed by a closed session to discuss their qualifications.

Brooks has two children in Kennewick schools and two who graduated from the Kennewick system. He will serve as the Position 5 director through Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, the position will be on November's general election ballot. Brooks already is a candidate in that election.

By state law, school board members receive $50 per meeting they attend, but the Kennewick school board for years has voted not to claim that compensation.

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