G-RF seeks to fill school board vacancy quickly

G-RF seeks to fill school board vacancy quickly

GEORGETOWN — School officials are hoping to fill a vacancy quickly on the school board after one of their members resigned Monday.

April Evans, who has served on the Georgetown-Ridge Farm School Board since her appointment in February, submitted a letter of resignation because she will be moving out of the district.

Board President Kevin Latoz said Evans is thoughtful and analytical, and he appreciated how she would do research on topics and then would bring back what she learned to the whole board. Superintendent Jean Neal said Evans has strong ties to the community and deep interest in the schools, and said that her professional experience in writing and reporting provided the board with a good perspective.

Latoz said that even though the board has 45 days to fill the vacancy, he hoped to name a new board member as early as next week.

School officials from the Georgetown-Ridge Farm and the Westville districts are starting informal talks to explore possible reorganization options, and Latoz said he wanted to have all seven board seats occupied when committees made up of members from both boards start to meet in the coming weeks.

"We have really good reasons to move quickly, and I do not expect a problem with getting interested applicants," Latoz said.

Those interested in applying for the open seat should submit a letter of interest to the district office, or e-mail a letter of interest to Latoz at klatoz@gobuffaloes.org

The person appointed would be up for re-election in April 2015.

Latoz said serving on a school board takes a time commitment beyond just showing up at the monthly board meetings. He said the talks regarding a possible school merger has him thinking that a retired teacher or school official, an involved parent or someone with board experience may have an easier time getting up to speed.

Neal said she hopes to find the right candidate quickly, but said the board might have to take longer than Dec. 9 to make the best choice.

"We want someone committed to the community and to the students, who has the desire to help us develop our vision for the district," Neal said. "Someone who will help us work towards improving our schools."

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