By Christopher Gordon

When the Springville Griffith Institute Board of Education reconvenes for its meeting Jan. 9, it will have a new face at the table as Tammy Sherwood will officially be appointed that evening.

Sherwood, who said she has friends who are teachers and know others with children in the district, believes she has enough knowledge of the district to be able to move in on an interim basis.

“I have been attending the meetings for two years solid,” Sherwood said.

She believes it is important that the board add someone now who has a good working knowledge of issues in the district as the board is set to enter one of the most crucial periods of time in the school year, budget development season. Sherwood believes having been a regular attendee at board meetings, she can seamlessly assist with the process.

Although this will be Sherwood’s first experience as a member of the board of education, she is no stranger to volunteering her time to the district.

“I was on the district facilities review committee,” Sherwood said, noting that she and her husband both served in that capacity. “It was over the course of two years.”

According to Sherwood, her main concern right now out of the gate is delving into the budget. She said until she is appointed officially, she does not have any other immediate goals.

Part of the reason is because Sherwood said at this time, she does not intend to run for the school board.

“As far as I’m concerned, right now, this is it,” Sherwood said.

She noted that at this time, she views this appointment as short-term. Sherwood is hopeful there will be several interested candidates when the annual vote is held in May. She is also confident that SGI can keep moving in a positive direction in the coming months because of the experience of other current members of the board.

The SGI Board of Education announced its intentions to appoint Sherwood following an executive session during the Dec. 12 meeting.