MT. VERNON – Five candidates were set to be interviewed Thursday night as a potential replacement for former Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education member Cynthia Davis.
The school board met briefly in open session that evening to adopt the amended 2013 budget and approve some hirings. Then the board went into closed session to interview the candidates. Davis, a four-year veteran of the board, resigned in May for family reasons.
“We have five very qualified individuals,” said Superintendent Michael Smith. “Any of them would make good board members. It’ll be a tough decision for the board.”
Half-hour time slots were allotted for each interview and the board has set a special meeting for 7 p.m. June 25 to announce the replacement. Also at that meeting, the new board member will be given the oath of office. Officials have not named the candidates at this point.
School Board President Carl Miller said the ideal new board member will have a strong interest in the school and the community.
“I expect we’ll find who we’re looking for out of those candidates,” Miller said.
For the interviews, board members utilized questions developed by the Illinois Association of School Boards as a guide. These questions touch on a number of issues, including a candidate’s experience, attributes, their desire to be on the board, their background, and what kind of impact they believe they will make, Smith said. Board members also had the chance to develop their own questions for the interviews.
Prior to the budget’s adoption Thursday, school officials first reviewed a minor amendment to the document. This amendment consisted of a $6,000 over-budget expenditure in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, said Angie Brentlinger, finance director for the district.
Also on Thursday, the board approved the hiring of English teacher Derek Bennett, and assistant football coaches Seth English and Troy Medvick.