The Wauwatosa School Board has a new member.
During a meeting Dec. 5 at the Fisher building the board appointed Stan Zurawski to be its seventh member.
School board seat No. 4 opened up when board vice president and longtime board member Mary Jo Randall resigned Nov. 11.
Zurawksi took the oath of office and was sworn in immediately after a 6-0 vote by the board that was the culmination of an interview process and four rounds of voting. Zurawski will sit on the board until the April 4, 2017 spring election.
"I offer my services to the district," Zurawski said. "It's near and dear to my heart and I want to make a difference."
The process that selected Zurawski was put in place following Randall's resignation and saw 11 people apply for the position. Each candidate was asked questions about the school board's role in the district and the community, the relationship between the board and the superintendent, and how each candidate's background prepared them for the position.
School Board President Mike Meier said he was pleased by the quality of the candidates and appreciated each of them caring enough about the community to apply for the open seat. The 10 candidates who were not selected mostly have backgrounds and careers in the education or financial fields.
"We could have drawn seven names out of a hat from the applicants here tonight and we would have a good board that the community would be proud of," Meier said.
Zurawski has strong roots in Wauwatosa and went to grade school in the Fisher building at 12121 W. North Ave. He was sworn in by board member and clerk Kristy Casey in the same room that he attended sixth grade classes.
"I plan on bringing civility to the position," Zurawkski said. "I will be looking out for the interest of the students and the community."
Zurawski has a master's degree in business administration from Marquette University and is a 1977 graduate of Wauwatosa West High School. He owns a financial planning, tax preparation and insurance business in Brookfield.
Zurawski said he hoped that the candidates not selected would consider running for the board in the spring when four of the seven seats are up for election.