Wednesday, August 27, 2014

School board post goes vacant after departure

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 2/12/2014

POMONA — A West Franklin school board member has resigned.

The West Franklin board of education voted Monday night to accept Carol Scott Hamilton’s resignation as board member. The board also voted not to fill the vacant seat, but rather let it be filled in the April 2015 election.

POMONA — A West Franklin school board member has resigned.

The West Franklin board of education voted Monday night to accept Carol Scott Hamilton’s resignation as board member. The board also voted not to fill the vacant seat, but rather let it be filled in the April 2015 election.

The board is allowed to leave the seat vacant so long as a quorum is reached, Dotson Bradbury, West Franklin superintendent, said. A quorum requires that four out of the six board members be present to open a meeting since any action that can be taken would require four votes.

Tim Matthias, Curt Altic and Lisa Reece agreed the empty seat should be filled by a patron the board selected and voted on rather than leaving it empty.

Matt Froggatte, vice president of the board, said he thought the seat should be filled by someone the patrons voted on, not someone the board chose.

Five board positions are up for re-election in 2015, something Lisa Reece said the board should consider when deciding whether or not to fill the position.

“The other thing to think about is the next election — you could be taking five new people in when you have a lot of tough decisions to make,” Reece said. “You probably want to have someone who’s a little more seasoned. I think you could potentially have five new people if people decide to not run again.”

The district faced a similar situation in 2013 when four new school members joined the board after unseating four incumbents in a contentious election.

Reece made the motion for the board to accept letters of interest in the open seat and for the board to choose a new member, but the motion fell when the vote tied 3-3.

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