Don Rowe appointed to YPS Board Post 5 seat

Former Post 3 member returns to fill board vacancy; will be sworn in at Sept. 8 meeting

YPS Board of Education Member Don Rowe

Don Rowe is returning to Yukon Public Schools’ Board of Education.

Rowe was appointed at Tuesday night’s school board meeting to fill the vacant Post 5 seat.

Rowe, who previously served as the board’s Post 3 representative, will be sworn into his new office at the Sept. 8 board meeting.

The Post 5 seat was vacant after Rex Van Meter did not seek re-election to a second term and no eligible candidate filed earlier this year to succeed him.

Rowe and Phil Matthews were interviewed during an hour-long executive session Tuesday night. When board members reconvened in open session, they voted unanimously to appoint Rowe to the Post 3 seat to complete the rest of the five-year term.

Rowe had to resign from the board last summer after moving from Post 3 to Post 5; Chris Cunningham was appointed to succeed him.

Rowe is a math teacher at Mustang High School.

Board members thanked both candidates for their interest in serving the school district.

“We are pleased to welcome Don Rowe back to the board,” YPS Board President Suzanne Cannon said. “He brings integrity and thoughtful discourse to the table. As a graduate of YPS and parent of students who have both graduated and are currently attending YPS, his experience and education in board policies and procedures will enable him to jump right in to help us during this pandemic.

“None of us have ever experienced anything like the disquieting times in which we find ourselves and I am pleased Mr. Rowe will be joining our board.”

Cunningham, the board’s vice president, said Rowe and Matthews were “both excellent candidates.”

Board Deputy Clerk Leonard Wells, who represents Post 2, made the motion to appoint Rowe to fill the Post 5 vacancy. Wells called Rowe and Matthews “two very good candidates.”