London school board will have vacancy to fill in January

(Posted Sept. 11, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

London City Schools will be looking to fill a vacancy on the school board come early January.

Two board seats are up for election in the Nov. 5 general election, however only one person filed to run. Jonathan Stahl is seeking re-election. Ed Maynor, who holds the other seat that expires at the end of this year, opted not to run.

It will be up to the remaining board members to fill the empty seat. By law, they must wait until 10 days after the seat becomes vacant to take action. That means the earliest they can go about filling the seat is Jan. 10. They then have 30 days from that point to fill the seat.

The board holds its annual organizational meeting in early January. Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer said the 2020 meeting likely will take place on Jan. 14.

“I suggest the board take action at that time,” he said.

According to board policy, the district will follow these steps to fill the vacancy:

  • The board will seek qualified and interested candidates from the community through the news media, word of mouth, or contacts with appropriate organizations.
  • All applicants will submit a notice of their interest in writing to the district treasurer.
  • The board may interview interested candidates to ascertain their qualifications.

Appointment will be made by a majority vote of the remaining board members.

The person the board selects will serve two years of the four-year term. The remaining two years will be up for election in November 2021.

Kramer presented the board with this information at their Sept. 10 regular meeting.

In other action at the meeting, the board thanked the district’s various support organizations for the work they do. They included: the high school’s Academic Achievement Booster Club, Music Boosters and Athletic Boosters; the parent-teacher organizations at the middle school and elementary school; and the Touchdown Club and Gridiron Club.

The board approved three overnight trips for next year: a sixth-grade trip to Camp Nuhop Outdoor Education Center, March 25-27; eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C., May 12-15; and the FFA trip to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 30-Nov. 2. The board also approved the Spanish Department’s request for an extended trip to Spain in June 2021.

The board approved several supplemental contracts for band, homecoming and coaching positions, including contracts for Alyssa Bexfield to serve as varsity volleyball head coach and Michael (Shane) Crawford as varsity softball head coach.

The board accepted the donation of weight equipment valued at $2,500 from Elite Fitness for use at the high school.

The board’s next regular meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Room 311 at the high school.

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