Madison-Plains seeks applicants for school board vacancy

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(Posted April 21, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Madison-Plains board of education is seeking applicants for a vacated board seat.

On April 19, Kelly Cooley announced her resignation, effective the same day. She served on the board for eight years and had started a new four-year term on Jan. 1, 2022.

The board has 30 days from the date of Cooley’s resignation to appoint a replacement. The appointee will serve until Dec. 31, 2023. To fill the remaining two years of the term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2025, the appointee would need to run and win election in a special election in November 2023.

Anyone interested in filling the vacancy must be:
• a U.S. citizen;
• at least 18 years old; and
• a resident of Ohio, a resident of the school district, and a registered voter in the school district, all for at least 30 days preceding the appointment.

Candidates must submit a completed application by the end of the day on May 1, 2022. Application forms can be picked up in-person at the district’s central administrative office, 55 Linson Rd., London, or downloaded from the district’s website, www.mplsd.org.

Completed applications can be emailed to Todd Mustain, treasurer/CFO, at tmustain@mplsd.org, mailed to Madison-Plains Local School District – Attn. Todd Mustain, treasurer/CFO, 55 Linson Rd., London OH 43140 (must be received by May 1), or dropped off during normal business hours at the same address.

The remaining board members–Mark Mason, Rebecca Rheinscheld, Bryan Stonerock and Thoula Xenikis–will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. May 2 to review the applications and decide on an interview schedule. At their next regular meeting, set for May 17, they will vote on a resolution to appoint the new board member.

For more information about the vacancy or the application process, contact Todd Mustain via email or at (740) 852-0290, ext. 621.

During the April 19 board meeting, Cooley said her decision to resign came after careful consideration and discussion with her family. She said it has been an honor to serve on the board.

“Being on the school board can be exhausting, sometimes frustrating. It means late nights and tough decisions, but it really was one of the most rewarding things that I’ve ever done,” she said.

“I love the idea that by working together, we can share in the knowledge and satisfaction that we’re providing for the educational needs of the children of the district. We are building a district where students, parents, teachers and staff feel they’re welcome and they belong.”

Cooley said it has been a pleasure to work with her fellow board members, past and present, and the administration.

“I believe that the current board and administration truly care about the community’s values, wishes and beliefs. I’d really like to say thank-you to all of the MP community for the opportunity to serve the district,” she said. “I’m confident the district is going in the right direction.”

Mark Mason, board president, thanked Cooley for her service.

“You have been the heart and soul of this board since I’ve been here. You are a leader, and you’re going to be sorely missed,” he said.

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