|Perrysburg seeks new school board member|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:15|
PERRYSBURG - The school district has begun accepting applications for an anticipated board vacancy that was made official Tuesday.
Barry Van Hoozen, a 12-year member, was elected to city council last month and thus cannot continue his term on the school board, which runs through 2015. Van Hoozen has announced that his resignation will be effective Dec. 24, which starts the timeline for the board to select his replacement.
After the election, Van Hoozen said he was unsure about when he planned to step down. The timing of that move determined which group would choose a successor, the existing board with two outgoing members or the new board with two new members in January.
Had Van Hoozen resigned sooner, the current board could have selected Van Hoozen's successor, but outgoing school board member Valerie Hovland would not have been eligible, as her own term would not yet have ended.
Hovland, who did not earn re-election in November but was the highest vote-getter to not win a seat, has expressed interest in the opening, and several community members have taken to school board meetings to support her. Hovland received 2,110 votes in last month's election, compared to Sue Larimer, 2,347 votes, and Cal Smith, 2,254 votes, who will be installed in January.
Candidates for the vacancy are required to be registered voters living within the school district. Written notice of interest is required by 4 p.m. on Jan 3. Applications may include a resume and details of community involvement and support of the school district. Qualifications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed at a meeting Jan. 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Contact Hosler or Treasurer Matt Feasel with questions by calling 419-874-9131.
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