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June 10, 2014

MVTHS interviews board candidates

MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Township High School Board of Education Monday interviewed two candidates as potential replacements for former board member Karen Goodwine, who resigned in May.

Both interviews took place during a closed session special meeting of the MVTHS Board. No action was expected to be taken by the board that evening.

However, Superintendent Michael Smith said board members hope to be able to name Goodwine’s replacement at the next regular MVTHS Board meeting set for 7 p.m. June 18.

“Hopefully, the board will be able to find a suitable candidate this evening,” Smith said Monday.

A roughly 14-year veteran of the board, Goodwine stepped down last month due to ongoing health issues.

She said at the time her health problems would have made it difficult to devote sufficient time to her board duties. Goodwine had been serving as the board’s vice president.

“Karen is missed as a board member and will be a difficult position to fill on the board,” Smith said.

The district received a total of two applicants for Goodwine’s position. These individuals have not been named publicly.

Smith said board members will take great care in evaluating the candidates and selecting the right one for the district.

“The board is just looking for someone that would be a good fit with the board and a good fit with the philosophy of the district, and would have some personal and professional experiences that would benefit and strengthen the board as a whole,” Smith said.

Just prior to Monday’s special meeting, the MVTHS Finance Committee met for its regular monthly meeting.

During the session, Finance Director Angie Brentlinger presented the treasurer’s report and committee members discussed many different aspects of the district’s finances.

One issue to arise at the meeting was how MVTHS officials are hoping to receive two state aid payments in June totaling about $343,000, Smith said.

Getting these payments would help the district balance out its current budget in terms of outstanding revenue, Smith said.

Also on Monday, Smith said he will be recommending the board hire the firm Emling & Hoffman out of Nashville to handle the district’s auditing services. The full board will likely vote on this issue June 18.

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