Perrysburg school seat up for grabs PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:25
PERRYSBURG - It's up to one departing school board member to decide who will select his replacement.
Four remaining board members will choose another member to replace Barry VanHoozen, the top vote-getter in the Nov. 5 city council race. Whether current members or two new ones who take office in January will select the candidate depends on when VanHoozen chooses to submit his resignation.
The board must fill VanHoozen's seat at least 10 days after but within 30 days of his departure. VanHoozen said after Monday's school board meeting that he had not decided when to step down. He would need to resign by Dec. 21 for the current board to select the replacement.
Current members Valerie Hovland and Mark Schoenlein lost their seats in a closely-contested race to challengers Sue Larimer and Cal Smith. Board president Gretchen Downs won re-election with the highest number of votes, while Hovland received the most votes of those who did not claim a position.
During public participation at the end of the meeting, Mark Brunsman and former city councilor Maria Ermie read letters in support of Hovland filling the seat.
"She has worked hard to keep Perrysburg schools achieving its high standards, while keeping the cost to educate each student below the regional average," Brunsman said. "Her decisions are based on what's in the best interest of the students."
Ermie suggested that the board selecting its new member doesn't make much sense on the heels of an election in which voters just asserted their preferences.
"I think it would be a disservice not to give it to that (next) highest vote-getter," she said. "In my opinion, it would be a disservice to the voters who got to vet those candidates."
Separately, the district and its teachers have agreed to a new contract, Superintendent Tom Hosler said, after several months of negotiations as teachers worked under an expired deal. Hosler confirmed the agreement but said he was unable to discuss any terms until it's approved.
The two sides failed to agree on a contract during mediation in October and were set to move to fact-finding next month. But after an impromptu additional mediation session, the deal was reached, Hosler said.
The board entered executive session to discuss negotiations Monday night, with no action following.

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