Archive for Thursday, June 22, 2006

Board seeks nominees for vacancy

June 22, 2006

Lansing School Superintendent Randal Bagby says he expects there will be no shortage of applicants interested in filling the school board position being vacated by Karalin Alsdurf.

Alsdurf announced resignation last week, and the board is now accepting applications to fill the position. Bagby said any interested person who lives within district boundaries can submit a letter of application.

The board will review applications and interview candidates during the regular board meeting July 10. As required by law, interviews and discussion of candidates will be in open session and open to the public. Bagby expects to fill the seat by the end of that meeting.

Four people had already expressed interest even before the legal notice concerning the vacancy was published on June 17, Bagby said. State statute requires a 15-day waiting period after the board publishes a mandatory notice of vacancy, during which members of the public may submit letters of intent to the school board for consideration for the seat.

Applicants must then answer several questions that the board will send to interested parties. Though the board did not set a deadline by which letters of intent must be received, responses to the questionnaire must be received by 4 p.m., July 5, so applicants should allow plenty of time. Bagby said the board hopes to appoint Alsdurf's replacement during the meeting July 10.

"I suspect that there'll be many people interested," Bagby said. "And we'll accept any and all letters of interest.

Alsdurf's replacement will need to get up to speed on the rapid approach of groundbreaking for projects funded by a $23.6 million school bond issue and the process for approving the 2006-2007 district budget, which has an August deadline.

But Bagby said he was confident the change won't hinder the board.

"Whomever the board would select to fill the seat, I'll spend a lot of time providing materials and info to that person to get them up to speed on all the current things we're doing," Bagby said.

Alsdurf said she resigned because she is moving out of the district; board members are required by law to live within the bounds of the district. The board went through the process in 2004 during her appointment to the seat.

"Two years ago when this happened the board interviewed everyone who expressed interest," Bagby said.

Those interested in applying for the board position should send a letter of intent to Lansing schools administration, 613 Holiday Plaza.

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