Steves hired, board has 90 days to replace him

Following a day of interviews Monday, Oct. 24 the board held a 6:30 a.m. meeting and appointed Steves effective Oct. 25. Steves will receive a $47,500 salary for the 12-month position, prorated for the remainder of the school year. The motion passed the board 7-0 with board member Kevin Ely not in attendance. 

 

The Granville Board of Education has 90 days to fill its vacant seat or the position will be filled by the district superintendent, school officials said Thursday.

 

With the resignation of board president John Steves to pave the way for his applying to succeed Bob Jones as district Transportation Supervisor, the nine-member board needs an additional person.

 

Steves is just one of several applicants for the position and might not get the job, but is off of the board as of Monday, Oct. 17.

 

Superintendent Mark Bessen said he was currently working with the district’s legal counsel Monica Duffy to provide board members with a list of options for filling the vacancy.

 

“They’re going to fill the position, it’s just a question of how,” Bessen said.

 

“The board can appoint someone or could run an election, but that costs a lot of money – whatever they do, that’s for the board to decide,” Bessen said. 

 

An appointed member would serve on the board until the new members are seated following the election in May if only filling in on a temporary basis. That appointee may also run to retain the seat if they choose.

 

Steves was in his second year of a three year term when he resigned.

 

Bessen said that meant out of four candidates the recipient of the lowest number of votes wins the remaining year of Steve’s term in the May election.

 

That board seat would then be open along with two others on the regular election cycle where three seats are up for grabs each year.

 

“At this point we’re just getting information to the board so they know what their options are and they can talk to each other see what they want to do,” Bessen said.

 

If for some reason the board did not move to fill the seat within 90 days, the WWSHE BOCES District Superintendent of Schools James P. Dexter would make an appointment to the board.

 

After posting the job listing once, the board failed to find an adequate candidate pool and chose to post the Transportation Supervisor vacancy again.

 

With the reposting of the job and receipt of new applications, Bessen said the board could begin reviewing those applications and prepare for interviews; naming a successor to retiring Transportation Supervisor Bob Jones some time later in the week of Oct. 24.

 

Bessen said the board, if they select a finalist, would likely hold a special meeting to make the decision and conduct the hiring in order to provide Jones’ successor with time for a one-on-one orientation and training.

 

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