School Board Wants Losing Candidate To Fill Open School District Seat

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Whichever candidate loses November’s election should be appointed to replace resigned school board member Richard Meyer, remaining board members decided Monday night.

Three candidates are running for two open seats.

Incumbent Rory Huff faces challengers Darsha Oestmann and Barbara Shepherd.

“These people took the time to pull a packet, go out into the public,” and get signatures, said Huff.

The school board can recommend to the county schools chief up to three people they would like to see fill the remaining two years of Meyer’s term.

County schools superintendent Linda O’Dell has ultimate authority over filling the spot. She has said she will wait until after the election. However, O’Dell also said that the losing candidate won’t automatically receive the position.

After she gives public notice of the vacancy, interested parties can send in letters of interest. A committee developed by O’Dell will interview candidates and O’Dell will ultimately appoint someone.

School board members have said they would like Meyer’s replacement picked in time for a December Arizona School Boards Association conference.

Meyer resigned in September for “family reasons.”

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