By Rachel DeHart

The Unified School District of Antigo, Board of Education has filled its vacant seat for a board member.

Wayne Gagnon will take the oath to be on the board at the monthly meeting on Sept. 22.

Gagnon has over 15 years teaching at various places. He has his a bachelor’s degree in teaching, a degree in guidance and counseling as well as special education certifications.

The board of education received seven applicants, Gagnon secured a majority vote (five) from the board.

Currently, Gagnon is a guidance counselor at St. John’s and a substitute teacher for Northern Technical College and for the Unified School District of Antigo...

He plans to serve on the board as an interim member until April 2021, when he says he’ll be running to keep his seat.

“I think they need a teacher’s perspective,” said Gagnon. “Being a teacher is not forgetting what it’s like to be a student.”

Gagnon’s daughter is on the Altoona School Board of Education. He says he’s excited to exchange meeting notes in comparison with her board and his.  

“I know it takes lots of understanding, and I will do the best I can to help in my role as a board member,” said Gagnon. 

“My hope is always to work effectively with the board to develop and implement our district vision, which is that every student and staff member experiences a sense of belonging and authentic, supportive relationships. In partnership with our community, we commit to fostering student well-being and learning success,” said Dr. Julie Sprague, superintendent of the Unified School District of Antigo.