School board candidates sought

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Englewood School Board established the process that volunteers will use to become candidates to fill the vacancy on the board created by the death of Gene Turnbull.

The appointee will serve a two-year term. If the individual wants to remain on the board, he or she will be required to seek election for a two-year term.

The board also outlined the steps they will take to select finalists for the post and eventually make the appointment.

“We declared a board vacancy Sept. 17, which starts the clock because state law requires we fill that vacancy within 60 days,” Scott Gorsky, school board president, said at the Oct. 1 meeting. “Our task is to determine the process we will use and the timeline for making the appointment.”

Board Member Tom O’Connor, who was appointed to the board two years ago, said the system used then worked well.

“Those interested in serving on the board filled out an application, which included answering a few questions such as why the person wanted to be on the school board and what did that individual hope to accomplish as a board member,” he said. “Then, the board selected the finalists and held a forum, which included a question-and-answer session. After that, the board selected me to fill the vacancy.”

Duane Tucker, board member, said he would suggest mimicking the process used two years ago.

“The process works, so the next step is to establish a timeline because the appointment must be made by Nov. 17,” he said.

During the timeline discussion, the board discussed the upcoming changes to the makeup of the board. It was noted that O’Connor chose not to seek re-election and term limits prevent Gorsky from seeking another term. The two unopposed candidates to fill those spots are Tena Prange and Jason Sakry. The board members agreed that Prange and Sakry should be included in the appointment process and discussions.

“The decision to include Tena and Jason in the process is up to the current board because there are no real rules about that issue,” said Brian Ewert, school superintendent.

The board approved the process and agreed to have Prange and Sakry take part in the appointment process.

Candidate requirements are that the individual must live in the school district and must have been a registered voter for the last 12 months. District employees can’t serve on the school board but retired employees are eligible to be candidates.

The application is on the main page of the district website at www.englewoodschools.net. The application asks for personal information and written responses to three questions.

 Board appointment timeline

Board appointment process

Application posted — Oct. 2

Applications deadline — Oct. 17

Public interview of finalist — Oct. 29

Swearing-in — Nov. 6

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