Cherokee Board of Education to vote on process to fill vacant seat
by Michelle Babcock
May 15, 2014 01:26 AM | 2410 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cherokee Board of Education is set to vote tonight on the application process for District 1 residents who want to fill the vacancy left when former board member Kelly Marlow resigned in April.

Since more than half of Marlow’s term remains, the school board will appoint an interim board member to fill the vacancy until a new board member can be chosen by voters in a special election, which will be held Nov. 4 during the general election.

If the proposed process is approved, applications would be due by 5 p.m. June 5, and the six remaining school board members would vote to select an interim District 1 board member, said Barbara Jacoby, school district spokeswoman.

“The proposed process is for the school board to vote at its June 19 meeting to select the interim school board member,” Jacoby said Wednesday.

The interim board member would fill the seat until Jan. 1, when an elected board member could be sworn in after the special election in November.

Marlow resigned from her school board seat in April after being convicted on felony charges, along with her associates Robert Trim, former Cherokee Republican Party precinct chairman, and Barbara Knowles, former Cherokee Republican Party secretary, for lying to police.

After reviewing state and local law, the district announced it would appoint an interim board member to hold the now vacant seat, until an elected board member could take the seat in January.

At the school board meeting tonight, the board is set to vote on the application process for individuals who are interested in filling the temporary vacancy.

“The application was drafted by the school board attorney, who updated the application used the last time an appointment was needed,” Jacoby explained.

The proposed application, attached to tonight’s meeting agenda, includes various questions for possible appointees.

Some of the questions included: If all things were possible, what would you change about the Cherokee County School District?; In your opinion what are the Cherokee County School District’s strongest points, and what are its weakest points?; and why do you feel that you would be the best candidate for this position?

Before the meeting tonight, the school board will have a strategic work session, which begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

At the work session, the board will hear a presentation on the status of the 2014-15 tentative budget for fiscal 2015 beginning July 1 this year, hear a budget presentation on personnel management and hold an open forum.

The school board meeting will follow at 7 p.m. Both the work session and the meeting will be at the historic Canton High School Board Auditorium, at 111 Academy St. in Canton.

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