The application and process were unanimously approved by the School Board at its meeting Thursday at the historic Canton High School Board Auditorium, with plans to collect applications by June 5 and vote on an interim board member June 19.
The person selected to serve as the interim District 1 board member will hold the seat until a board member can be elected in a Nov. 4 special election, the same day of the general election.
District 1 resident Kyla Cromer was quick to officially announce she will be applying for the interim position in a news release Friday.
“I plan to submit my application to the School Board in the next few days for its consideration of my credentials to fill the District 1 seat,” Cromer said. “My motivation for seeking this appointment comes from my desire to restore integrity and true representation on the school board for the students, parents and taxpayers of our community.”
Cromer said in earlier comments following Marlow’s resignation she planned to run in the special election after losing to Marlow by a handful of votes in the election that landed Marlow a seat on the board.
Cromer said her experience as a teacher, community volunteer and PTA leader is what makes her a good choice for the position.
“I have demonstrated the qualities of leadership, teamwork and humility that are essential in serving as a dedicated representative of my community and yet also as part of a seven-member board,” Cromer said.
John Marinko commented at the time he was considering the interim position, but later told the Tribune he didn’t plan on submitting an application after reflection.
No other District 1 residents have announced their application for the interim position or candidacy in the special election.
Marlow resigned from her seat on the board in April after being convicted, along with her associates Robert Trim, a former Cherokee County Republican Party precinct chairman who resigned following his felony conviction, and Barbara Knowles, the former Cherokee County Republican Party secretary who also resigned following her felony and misdemeanor convictions, of two felonies for lying to police.
Since more than half of Marlow’s term on the school board remained when she resigned, law dictated a special election would be held in conjunction with the November General Election to fill the seat.
The School Board decided to appoint an interim school board member to fill the vacancy until an elected board member can be sworn in, allowing District 1 residents to have representation from now until the election.
School Board attorney Tom Roach explained the application is similar to applications used for past appointments to the School Board, with a few updates to comply with present law and additional questions to aid sitting board members in the decision.
School Board member Rick Steiner made a motion to accept the application and process, with School Board member Rob Usher seconding the motion, which passed unanimously.