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Platte-Geddes replaces school board president following scandal

PLATTE -- Nearly a month after a scandal involving an area school board president led to his resignation, the board has found his replacement. During a Wednesday Platte-Geddes School Board meeting, the board appointed Ross Varilek to fill the pos...

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PLATTE - Nearly a month after a scandal involving an area school board president led to his resignation, the board has found his replacement.

During a Wednesday Platte-Geddes School Board meeting, the board appointed Ross Varilek to fill the position left vacant by Brian Biehl's resignation in February.

On Feb. 6, Biehl, 48, pleaded guilty to grand theft by taking nearly $70,000 in money from drug arrests during his time as a Highway Patrol trooper. Biehl said he intended to pay the money back.

Biehl stepped down as board president on Feb. 13, and at the time expressed an intention to remain on the board, but several community members asked for his resignation from the board entirely. Steve Spawn was appointed as the board's president.

During a special meeting Feb. 23, Biehl resigned from the board.

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Varilek will serve the remainder of Biehl's term, which is set to expire June 30, 2018, according to Platte-Geddes Superintendent Joel Bailey.

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