Interest was high in the Morgan County School Board seat vacated by Joey Skinner, but Mark Farmer was chosen above four other applicants as the newest school board member. On Tuesday, he was appointed to serve until the end of 2014.
His appointment comes at a period of “heightened interest,” he said, as the board prepares for a voted leeway and selects a new district superintendent.
Farmer is originally from Centerville and is a graduated from Viewmont High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Weber State University and a masters of business administration with an emphasis in information systems from the University of Utah.
The Farmers moved from Layton to Morgan five years ago and have four children. Their oldest children attend Morgan Elementary School.
Farmer said Skinner suggested he apply for the position. In addition, Farmer said he wanted to find a way to use his skills to serve the community. He is a controller at FJ Management, formerly Flying J. He said his financial background may benefit the school district, although he acknowledged the difference between budgeting for a company and budgeting for a school district.
“We will be pretty busy getting our message out about the leeway,” Farmer said. “We will keep conversation civil.”
He said he supports the voted leeway, “but conflicting opinions are still valid opinions.”
“My opinion is the previous board member did a good job cutting costs and it has come down to the leeway being the last resort,” Farmer said. “But it is important to listen to all ideas.”
Kent W. Francis, Dave Foster and Kody Martin Lee also applied for the open board position.