Maritza Bravo joins the Centralia School Board


By Emily Fitzgerald / [email protected]

The Centralia School Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to appoint Maritza Bravo to a vacant seat on the board.

She will serve the remaining year of Station 2 Director Beverly Clark’s term. Clark resigned from the board on November 10, 2021 and was replaced by person named Wilfredo Henriquez Martinez in December. Martinez, owner of WH Carpentry and WH Enterprises in Centralia, resigned earlier this month due to work obligations, superintendent says Lisa Grant.

Bravo graduated from Centralia High School in 2015, but continues to be active in school events and school sports due to a younger brother still attending high school, according to her application. Bravo works as a Victim/Witness Coordinator for the Lewis County District Attorney’s Office, holding the position since October 2021. She previously worked as a Civilian Paralegal for the District Attorney’s Office and as an Assistant Clerk for the County Clerk’s Office of Lewis.

She is also currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas.

“Although I have a full-time job and am a full-time student, I am always looking for new challenges and new ways to benefit our local community,” she wrote in her application. to the school board. “I’m interested in this position because education is important. Investing in our young people and building relationships with them can have an overall positive impact on our community,” she added.

Bravo was one of eight candidates vying for the vacant position on the board.

The Centralia School Board interviewed seven of the applicants, with the eighth unsuccessfully interviewed, in a special three-and-a-half-hour marathon meeting on Saturday, October 22.

A live recording of the interview is available on the school district‘s Facebook page.

“It was encouraging to interview so many qualified candidates. Everyone brought such different perspectives to the table,” said board member Amanda McDougall.

The members of the jury expressed their gratitude to all the candidates and were impressed with the way each candidate prepared and behaved during the interview.

“It was really, really powerful to have eight candidates from the community who are committed to the city, committed to the district, committed to the students that we have,” council chairman Tim Browning said, later adding: “I don’t know if we can make a bad decision.

Bravo will take his oath of office at the regular meeting of the Centralia School Board on November 9th.

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