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Gov. Parson reappoints Branson’s Peter Herschend to state school board

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BRANSON NEWS: Peter Herschend(Photo: file photo)A year after Peter Herschend was booted off the Missouri Board of Education by former Gov. Eric Greitens, he has been reappointed.Gov. Mike Parson announced Tuesday that Herschend, co-founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, formerly Silver Dollar City, Inc. will return to the eight-member governing board. The governor also appointed Carol Hallquist, of Kansas City.“There’s action that needs to be taken” and the board needs to have a quorum, Parson said Tuesday morning in Springfield. “That was one of the things that I felt early on — that we had to get that back up and running.”More: ‘Let’s work together,’ state school board member says to GreitensWith the appointment of Herschend and Hallquist — who can serve immediately — the state board will finally have the quorum necessary to meet, as scheduled. “Governor Parson’s decision to appoint Carol and Peter will help restore and maintain stability,” said Charlie Shields, president of the state board, in a release. “As a board, we are ready to work together to give Missouri students what they deserve – the best public education.”Buy PhotoGov. Mike Parson (Photo: News-Leader file)Greitens appointed a series of individuals, 10 in all, to the board during a four-month period in late 2017 that culminated with the firing of Margie Vandeven, the Missouri Commissioner of Education. Half of his picks either declined, resigned or were removed after complaining of pressure from the governor’s office to fire Vandeven.The state board was left with only three voting members, all appointed by former Gov. Jay Nixon, and has been unable to meet in 2018. The board, which is required to meet every June and December, typically met once a month and faces a massive backlog of work.Herschend, who has a degree from the University …


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