Kiger resigns from Gainesville School Board, Nash appointed

Newly appointed Gainesville School Board member Dakota Nash is pictured here with his wife Whitney and children, from left, Kallaway, Kamrynn and Kipton.

The Gainesville School Board met in a special session June 10 to appoint a new school board member to replace Jerry Kiger, who recently resigned from the board due to his desire to apply for a teaching job at Gainesville High School for the 2024-25 school year. 

There were six people who applied to fill the vacant school board position: Amy Freeman, Caroline Richer, Dakota Nash, Laramie Johnson, Nick Jones and Seth Miller. All were present at the meeting and had an opportunity to speak and be interviewed by the board individually. The board voted unanimously to appoint Dakota Nash for the open board position. He will fill the seat until the next election in April 2025. 

Nash, currently employed as a Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal, graduated from Gainesville High School in 2011. He’s been married to his wife Whitney for 11 years, and they have three children: 4-year-old Kallaway, 3-year-old Kamrynn and 10-month-old Kipton. 

The school board also voted during the June 10 meeting to hire Jerry Kiger as a high school science teacher for the upcoming school year. 

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