CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign school board will have an emergency meeting at 5:45 tonight (Thursday, March 8) at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C, after the death of board member Greg Novak  Wednesday.
The school board will meet and go into executive discussion, according to its agenda , to discuss the possible topics of employee issues, negotiations, property acquisition, student discipline, litigation, self-evaluation, practices and procedures and review of closed meeting minutes.
The board may take action when it reconvenes.
According to the school board's policy (which can be found here ), the board must notify the Regional Office of Education within five days of a vacancy on the school board. The board has 45 days to choose someone to fill the position until the next election.
Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten said the next school board election is in April 2013. That board member's term will be two years, since Mr. Novak's term was scheduled to end in 2015.
According to the school board's policy on vacancies, the person chosen to the fill the seat before the next election “shall have the same residential qualifications as their predecessor.” District spokeswoman Lynn Peisker said all school board members are elected at large and just have to live within the school district.
The appointment procedure will work like this, according to board policy:
“1. Immediately following a vacancy on the school board, the board will publicize it and accept resumes from district residents who are interested in filling the vacancy.
2. After reviewing the applications, the board may invite the prospective candidates for personal interviews to be conducted during a duly scheduled opened or closed meeting.
3. The board shall fill the vacancy within 45 days after it occurred by a public vote at a meeting of the board.”