School Board Opening Deadline Is Monday

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With December’s school board member conference quickly approaching, county schools chief Linda O’Dell this week announced an aggressive timeline for replacing a resigned Payson school board member.

Applications are due by noon on Monday, Nov. 29. O’Dell will announce the victor two days later.

Board member Richard Meyer resigned in January, and O’Dell wanted to wait until after November’s election to replace him. School board members voted to recommend she appoint the losing candidate, but O’Dell has said that scenario isn’t automatic.

She decided to amp up the application process to resemble a job search — “in this case, a very important position with significant implications for the district’s students and the community,” she said in a press release.

This time, O’Dell will require that candidates fill out an application that asks for basic background data but also requires candidates to expound on their job and life experiences.

Interested applicants can pick up an application packet at the county schools office, located at 719 S. Beeline Highway, or at the Payson Unified School District’s administrative offices located at the Rock Building on the Julia Randall Elementary School campus.

Candidates must return the application by noon on Monday, Nov. 29, along with a letter of interest and three letters of reference.

A four-person committee will interview candidates on Nov. 29 and 30. The committee will include O’Dell, county associate superintendent Richard Vierling, executive assistant Julie Vasquez and Payson’s school administrative assistant Karen Wartick.

Vasquez said O’Dell decided on the aggressive timeline so that the person can attend December’s school board conference with the other board members.

The selected member will serve until December 2012, which is when Meyer’s term expires. To keep the seat, the person must run in the 2012 general election.

Contact Karen Wartick at 472-5373 for the county school office’s hours.

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