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School Board Selects New Member

LAS VEGAS -- A new Clark County School District trustee was voted into office Thursday. The new trustee will replace former Board President Terri Janison, who represented District E.

Twelve candidates were given three minutes to speak in front of the school board. There was a wide variety of candidates, everything from lawyers to a school principal. Current trustees say they were looking for someone with passion and time.

"We are looking for someone who is committed, who is dedicated, who has the time to do the job. Obviously, they are going to have a learning curve, but learn about children and education," said Board President Carolyn Edwards.

"There has to be some knowledge of what it takes to run a school district and the financial basis for what we do and how we balance all of that, so a little bit of a financial background," said Board Vice President Dr. Linda Young.

In the mix was a UNLV administrator, a principal, a pediatric dentist and a lawyer, just to name a few. Most did have children currently in the Clark County School District. But in the end, the job went to 51-year-old business consultant John Cole.

"I appreciate this challenge. It is a difficult one. I will definitely try to come up with alternatives to solve the problems," he said.

Cole received four votes in favor of him and two votes against him. Cole has financial experience. He served as the chief financial officer for Walker Furniture and also as the CFO and chief operating officer of the Fremont Street Experience. He also serves on the district's bond oversight committee.

He says he's excited to get to work.