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UPDATED 7/10/2012: Help Wanted: New Board Member for Park Hill School Board

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UPDATED 7/10/2012: Last night the board appointed county assistant prosecutor Chris Seufert to fill Turley’s seat until voters go to the polls next spring. Seufert was one of four candidates vying for two seats in last April’s vote and lost to Fred Sanchez and Allison Wurst. He will now join them on the board. 

Photo Credit: JoLynne Walz Martinez

A member has resigned, so Park Hill School District’s Board of Education will be accepting letters of application from residents interested in filling his vacant seat until a new member can be elected next April. Rick Turley submitted a letter of resignation earlier this week.

“After much deliberation and many lengthy conversations I have reached a decision to relocate outside of the Park Hill School District. This was not an easy decision for me,” he wrote in his letter. “Due to residency requirements, this decision also requires me to resign my position from our Board.”

After the board formally accepted Turley’s resignation during their June 14 meeting, they advertised the vacancy and provided information for district residents interested in filling his position. The application deadline is noon on Friday, June 29, and the tentative interview date is Monday, July 9.

UPDATE 6/29/2012:  According to district spokesperson Nicole Kirby, eight residents have applied for the opening. Those eight are Denise McPherson, Chris Seufert, Sherri Scott, Jeff Goodwin, Michael Short, James Pasley, Matt Mauer and Bobby Woodward. And the interviews will take place July 9.

In addition to being taxpayers who have lived in the district for at least a year, applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 24 years old, according to Missouri statute.

School board members are citizens who volunteer without pay to determine the policies the superintendent uses to administer the district. The superintendent works for them, and they are responsible for tasks such as long-range planning, establishing the salaries and benefits of certified teachers, approving the annual budget and calling elections for tax levies and bond proposals.

Here is a link to the Park Hill School District’s policy regulating how the board is to fill vacancies created by the resignation of a member whose term has not yet expired: http://tinyurl.com/7eyw5d6

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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