Rapides Parish School Board District 'F' seat filled temporarily

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Tuesday night the Rapides Parish School Board met to have all members sworn in, including two new faces.

Mark Dryden beat Gerald Crooks for the District C seat in November.

"I look forward to the future," Dryden said. "I look forward to working with all the board members. I look forward to representing District C, but not just District C, I also look forward to also working with the other districts in a common ground."

But, the District F seat had been left unfilled after incumbent John Allen was disqualified in July due to an issue with the Board of Ethics.

During the meeting, his friend Linda McMahon was voted as the temporary replacement. She said she has a public service background having served on the library and police jury boards. She said she doesn't plan to seek a permanent position during the March 30th special election.

Instead, Allen announced he will run for the seat again after sorting out his issues with the board of ethics. In the meantime, McMahon said she is pleased to serve on the board.

"I have two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren," McMahon said. "So, I am very interested in what is going on with them and what is going on in all of the schools, and how the children are benefiting educationally."

Also during the meeting, board member Wilton Barrios made a motion to consider a three percent pay raise for all employees. The board motioned to have the central office look at the numbers and to discuss the matter at their April finance committee meeting.

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