Board mulls appointment method

The Granville Board of Education started the process of seeking a new board member Monday night by deciding on a process for that search.

Several options exist for going forward, but the one Superintendent Mark Bessen said he recommends would attempt to tap a former board member to fill the vacancy on a temporary basis.

The process would look at former board members from those most recently on the board to those who left the board some time ago.

Bessen said the advantages of this process is that it could place an experienced former member in a temporary seat – a plus with budget development right around the corner. Former board members would also have the necessary fiduciary training required of board members.

Other advantages of seating a former board member include eliminating the expense of conducting an election and adding an individual who has already been elected by the community previously.

Should that board member decide they would like to return to the board on a more permanent basis they would have to run for election, Bessen said. Board member John McDermott said he found it interesting the district would attempt to tap former members who either chose against another run for a board seat or who were not reelected.

Acting board president Kathy Nelson said she thought circumstances might have changed for former members who chose against another term, leaving them agreeable to returning to the board at least temporarily.

The board unanimously approved the process and Bessen said he would start the search immediately.

In other housekeeping actions resulting from the resignation of sitting board president John Steves, the board named a new president and vice president.

Kathy Nelson returns to the helm of the school board with Eric Scribner now in the vice president seat.

Both nominations were approved unanimously and no other nominations for the positions were made.

Steves resigned his position as board president to apply for the transportation supervisor position to which he was later named.

In other news the board announced the next meeting, Dec. 5, will be held at the Mary J. Tanner Primary School in Middle Granville. The meeting will be held in the library at the usual 7 p.m. start time.

The board of education annually moves meeting to both Mary J. Tanner and Granville Elementary; the board tours each facility before those meetings.

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