(Posted Dec. 13, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The London school board has chosen Curtis Brooks, a former school board member, to fill a board seat that will become vacant in January.
Two board seats were up for election in the Nov. 5 general election but only one candidate ran. Jonathan Stahl won re-election. Ed Maynor opted not to run for re-election. It was up to Stahl and the remaining board members–Darryl Brown, Donovan Cooper and Marvin Homan–to select someone to fill Maynor’s seat.
Eight school district residents expressed interest in filling the position. The board interviewed all eight on Dec. 10. In addition to Brooks, the candidates included Alicia Beathard, Mike Brooks, Marty Ditello, Robert Hodge, Brittany Noble, Lisa Reay and Erika Watkinson.
“We were happy with the number of candidates. We thought all of them were highly qualified which made our decision difficult,” said Brown, board president.
Many of the candidates are already involved in the district in various volunteer capacities.
“It’s that type of people that allows us to have the success we’re having as a district,” Brown said.
As for why the board selected Curtis Brooks for the position, Brown pointed to Brooks’s former experience as a school board member (2006-2015) and his ongoing representation of London City Schools on the Tolles Career and Technical Center school board, a position he has held since 2006.
“Curtis brings a unique set of skills and experience to the board. We are very happy to have him return,” he said.
Brooks will serve two years of the four-year term. The remaining two years will be up for election in November 2021.
His selection will be made official at the board’s next meeting on Jan. 14.