NH outlines process for filling board vacancy
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
It was a somber school board meeting for the North Harrison Community School Corp. Thursday evening, as it was the first since the passing of former board president Veronica Battista.
Much of the meeting was spent with board members speaking highly of Battista and honoring her with stories that stood out to them from their time knowing her and her impact on the North Harrison community.
“I cannot stress how important Veronica was to us,” board member Kerry Ingle said. “She will be terribly missed by all of us.”
According to Dr. Lance Richards, superintendent of the school corporation, the remaining board members are tasked with selecting Battista’s successor to the board.
The time line requires the process must be completed within 30 days. The person selected by the board would serve for the remaining two years of Battista’s term.
Richards said the chosen individual must be a registered voter and have lived in the district for at least one year. Battista’s seat on the board was the at-large one, so anyone in the North Harrison district, no matter the township, can be considered.
Those who want to be considered are asked to send a letter that outlines their interest to school board members and Richards. The letter can be sent as an email attachment or dropped off at the central office in Ramsey. All letters must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday. The selection will take place in early March in order to meet the statutory time frame.
Email addresses to send a letter of interest for the vacant position are: Marla Adams, president — [email protected]; Kerry Ingle, vice president — [email protected]; Steve Hanger, secretary — [email protected]; Eric Stroud, member — [email protected]; and Dr. Lance Richards, superintendent — [email protected].
In business at the meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Sandy Smith, a teacher assistant at North Harrison Elementary School. They also agreed to the appointments of Sarah Yost and Kelsey Bruce, both as volunteers for the girls’ tennis team at North Harrison High School.
Due to weather conditions, a presentation by Lisa Jones, regarding SEL, state testing and dyslexia screenings, was postponed until the next meeting, set for Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m.