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Former USD 313 Board Member Monte Cross Selected to Fill Position 6 Vacancy

By Lucky Kidd, Ad Astra Radio News

BUHLER – Monte Cross will return to the Buhler USD 313 Board of Education after being selected to fill Position 6, the seat he held for six years before losing a re-election bid to Robin Swanson last November.

Swanson resigned from the Board May 2nd after serving less than four months of a four-year term.

Cross, who heads Heartland Investment Strategies, was selected on a 4-2 vote over the other candidate interviewed by the Board, Dr. Michael Green, who is with Hutchinson Clinic. They were selected Monday night from six applicants for the position.

Each candidate was asked a series of questions by Board President Greg Lackey covering their background, how they would respond if they were on the losing side of an issue, and if they could change one thing about USD 313, what that would be.

Dr. Green told the Board one thing he would like to focus on was facilitating more involvement within the Hutchinson business community. USD 313 includes much of the northeast part of the city of Hutchinson. Cross said he would like to see more support of what he called non-mainstream activities, such as the district’s music, debate and forensics, and lesser profile sports programs.

Following the interviews, the Board acknowledged they had a very difficult choice, with member Todd Carr saying either candidate would be an excellent choice for the board. Carr and member Miranda Engleken voted against Cross’ appointment, which was moved for by Dr. Tim Lackey and seconded by Matt McCabe. Greg Lackey and Laura Meyer Dick also voted to appoint Cross.

Cross’ appointment will be run until the next scheduled election in November 2023, when the final two years of Swanson’s term will be on the ballot.

All six members encouraged Dr. Green to run at that time when the other position in Member District 3-6 is on the ballot. McCabe, who holds Position 3, said during the meeting he does not plan to seek re-election next year.