By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The London school board is in the process of selecting two individuals to fill seats on the board.
Three seats were up for election in November. Marvin Homan was re-elected, but no other candidates successfully filed the paperwork to get on the ballot.
In such cases, it is up to the board to select individuals to fill the seats. To find candidates, the board advertised the positions and asked for letters of interest. The deadline was Dec. 6. According to Superintendent Tom Ben, five individuals submitted letters.
By law, the board must make the appointments between Jan. 10 and Jan. 30. The board plans to interview each candidate before making their selections. The two appointees will serve through 2014, after which the three years remaining on each term will be up for election.
Fully seated, the board is comprised of five members. Elections for the five seats are staggered. Three seats were up for election this year. The other two, currently held by Curtis Brooks and Jonathan Stahl, will be up for election in November 2015. Full terms are four years long.
Farewell and Thanks to Canney
At their Dec. 10 meeting, the last meeting of the year, the board thanked Melissa Canney for her nearly 11 years of service as a board member. Canney did not seek re-election to another term.
Board President Marvin Homan praised Canney for her “dedication and caring through good times and bad.” Superintendent Tom Ben said, “You’ve made us a very complete board.” Board member Curtis Brooks said that, for him, Canney served as an example of how to be a better board member. He said the board and the district benefited from her insight, questions and suggestions.
“Serving on a school board of education is a way to serve your community…one that I wish more people would give thought to doing,” Canney said. “It is challenging but also rewarding.”
She thanked her fellow board members and applauded the efforts and character of the district’s staff and leaders.
The board’s annual organizational meeting on Jan. 13. The meeting will take place in the lecture hall at London High School at 6 p.m. followed by the board’s regular monthly meeting at 6:30.
London City Schools Tidbits
• The faceoff between the London and Bishop Ready high school “In The Know” teams will air at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 on WOSU TV.
• Logan Minner won London Elementary’s spelling bee. Alicia Skinner was the runner-up.
• What began as a contest on multiplication facts for sixth-graders is now a building-wide contest at London Middle School. Grades six, seven and eight will participate on Dec. 17.