After a decade doing other things, Stuart Shepherd was back on the school board Monday night.

Shepherd, who served 12 years on the board before leaving at the end of 2008, will temporarily fill the Ward 3 seat vacated by Alecia Hothan, who recently moved outside the ward.

Shepherd was appointed to fulfill the last six months of the term. He will serve until a new board member takes the seat in January. Fiona Libsack and Mark D. Nicholson will square off for the seat in the November election.

Shepherd said he got a call from Supt. Ron Hanson, asking him to fill the seat.

He’s done a lot of reading since then, he said with a grin.

Shepherd a past president of the school board. During his career, he was a vice-president at Great Plains hospital and then became the executive director of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation.

Shepherd took the oath of office Monday, swearing to uphold and defend the constitutions of the United States and Nebraska. He promised to impartially perform his duties on the school board according to the law and to the best of his ability.