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Two designees for the “1 percent for art” selection panel for Auke Bay Elementary School were named by the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Human Resources Committee Monday afternoon, rounding out the six-member panel.

The names of Jensen Yorba Lott interior designer Charlene Steinman and Auke Bay Cooperative Preschool board member Kelda Denton were forwarded to the full Assembly for appointment on a motion by Assemblymember Jesse Kiehl.

Public art will be selected for Auke Bay because the school is undergoing a renovation. Principal Lori Hoover said Monday that work, which is continuing through the school year, is scheduled to conclude close to the start of the 2013-14 school year.

On each 1 percent for art selection panel, one panel member is appointed by the city manager, and another is designated by the department operating the public facility in question. Two more are named by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

In the case of Auke Bay, school parent Jennifer Brown is City Manager Kim Kiefer’s appointee, while the Juneau School District will be represented on the panel by Hoover, according to an Aug. 23 memo from Deputy City Clerk Beth McEwen.

Auke Bay artist Sharron Lobaugh and NorthWinds Architect partner Sean Boily, who is also a member of the JAHC’s board of trustees, were appointed by the arts council, its executive director said Monday.

“It’s a way for people to serve in the community that’s kind of nice,” said Nancy DeCherney, the executive director of JAHC, of sitting on a selection panel.

Hoover said school staff have not yet discussed what art they would like to see at Auke Bay.

“I think that we’re pretty open to different (media) and different forms, because we don’t really have a lot of art in the school,” said Hoover. “We will be excited to see what some of the submittals are.”

Steinman’s appointment Monday means JYL, the architectural firm in the renovation project, will have representation on the selection panel.

A third applicant, JYL architect Joann Lott, was passed over for appointment by the Human Resources Committee.

The committee also named civil engineer Jeff Wilson and police officer Sarah Hieb to the 1 percent for art selection panel for Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, the site of a turf field project. Hieb joins a fellow officer on the panel, Matthew Dubois.

Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park is named for two Juneau police officers killed in the line of duty in 1979.

“Because of Adair-Kennedy Field being named for the two fallen police officers, the Police Department employees were very interested in serving on this panel,” McEwen told the committee.

Other appointments were made to the Building Code Board of Appeals, to which Todd Kollar was named, and the Youth Activities Board, to which Linda S. Johnson was named. Both Kollar and Johnson work for the State of Alaska.

At its regular meeting Monday evening, the Assembly confirmed all of the Human Resources Committee’s recommendations, making the appointments official.

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

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