The Independent School Board 834 of directors is seeking to appoint a board member to fill a vacant position. The vacancy was created when Liz Weisberg resigned on July 22.
The school board will be accepting applications starting at noon Aug. 13. Applications can be found on the district’s website, https://www.stillwaterschools.org/, and will be accepted until 3 p.m. Aug. 18.
The board will hold a special Aug. 19 meeting to interview all eligible individuals who submitted complete applications, and in the resolution it calls for the board to recommend an appointment at the board’s next regular meeting on Aug. 26.
Board Chairwoman Bev Petrie noted it was a quick turnaround to find a replacement.
“I realize that this is a very quick process because we’re accepting applications beginning tomorrow, but we just don’t have a lot of time, and we would really like to get someone on the board.” Petrie said during a meeting on Aug. 12. “Which, realistically, is probably not going to happen before the end of September.”
The board approved filling the vacancy on a unanimous 6-0 vote at its latest meeting on Aug. 12.
The board also approved a special election that will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to find a permanent replacement who will fill out Weisberg’s remaining term that lasts until Jan. 22, 2023. Potential candidates have until 5 p.m. Aug. 25 to file for the election with the office of the school district clerk. There is a $2 filing fee.
Following the special election in November, whoever wins will take their seat on the board immediately after the election is certified, adding to the tight time frame.
“So this person who will fill the spot temporarily will probably only serve for October,” Petrie said.