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Hansch chosen to fill school board vacancy

Marin Hansch was selected from four applicants to fill the vacant seat on the Somerset Board of Education.

The seat on the Board became open when Sharon Germain resigned her position on the Board in October.

Hansch was sworn in to her post during Monday's Board of Education meeting.

Other applicants for the Board opening were Tom Walters, Lisa Ramsay and Chad Mecl. Two other people applied for the position, but it was found that they were not School District residents.

Hansch and her husband, Kevin, have lived in Somerset for 20 years. They have two children -- Ryan is a senior at SHS and Kayla is a freshman.

Hansch said this is a challenging time to join the School Board because there are so many factors involved in the District's decisions.

"Adequate space is of utmost concern," Hansch said. "We have to be so respectful of the current economic times."

Hansch said she wants to be an advocate for students, staff and District taxpayers.

"I would like to see the School District concentrate on being a leader in student performance, enabling students to develop to their maximum potential," Hansch said.

She has a record of being actively involved in the schools. She often has volunteered in classrooms. She was one of the founding members of the Partners In Education (P.I.E.) group and she served on the organization's executive board from 2003 to 2005.

Hansch works as a registered nurse at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood. She graduated from Minneapolis Community College in 1986 with an associate degree in nursing. She returned in school in 2005 to obtain her bachelor's degree in nursing from Viterbo University.