CHAMPAIGN - Because the school district is closed for a holiday Friday, the Champaign school board has extended the deadline to apply for the board's vacant seat until noon Monday, according to a press release.
The school board must fill the seat, left vacant when school board member Greg Novak  died in March. The school board must fill Mr. Novak's seat within 45 days of the vacancy , and originally announced Friday as the deadline for applications.
The school district is closed Friday for its Spring Holiday, so those who wish to apply now have more time. The seat will be up for election in April 2013.
Board member Tommy Lockman is accepting applications, and he said Thursday he's received seven so far.
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be at least 18 years old, have resided within the geographic boundaries of the school district for at least a year and be a registered voter.
The school board will notify applicants selected for interviews by Tuesday, and interviews will be scheduled for Monday, April 16.
Applications are available on the school district's website  or at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C. Questions about the application process should be directed to Lockman via email.