EDMOND — The school board has reloaded its leadership, appointing Stephanie Bills as a new board member and Justin Coffelt as the new principal of Edmond Memorial High School.
Bills, who is Metro-Tech's chief officer of human resources, was appointed unanimously to serve out the term of George Cohlmia, who resigned last month to allow his daughter Kasey Cohlmia to be hired as a first-grade teacher at Charles Haskell Elementary.
Under district rules, Cohlmia could not remain on the board with an immediate family member employed by the district. Board members took a moment during Monday's meeting to thank Cohlmia for his service.
Bills will serve out the remaining eight months of the term and has the option of running for the No. 4 seat when it comes up for election in February. One of the first orders of business was to swear in Bills.
“We are looking forward to working with Stephanie,” said board President Jamie Underwood. “We believe that she will be an asset to the board and the students we serve.”
Bills was one of the teachers employed at Santa Fe High School in its inaugural year, 1992. She has worked for Metro Technology Center since 2001. She has two children in Edmond schools and another who graduated recently from Santa Fe High School.
Following a one-hour executive session, the board unanimously voted to hire Coffelt to lead the campus of 2,024 students. Coffelt was away attending an education conference in Washington. The Memorial assistant principal was informed of his promotion while attending a Washington Nationals baseball game.