De Soto school board to interview applicants for vacant seat
De Soto USD 232 Board of Education members will interview nine Shawnee residents who have applied for the vacant Position 5 seat on the board.
Alvie Cater, USD 232 director of administrative services and community relations, said the board anticipates spending 10 to 20 minutes interviewing each candidate during the public meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.
“A few candidates may not be able to attend on Saturday due to other obligations. The board will schedule another special meeting for any applicant unable to attend the meeting,” Cater said.
Applicants will be selected to interview in random order upon arriving at the meeting.
The board hopes to appoint the new board member at its regularly scheduled Nov. 8 meeting.
The seat is in board District 2, which is in the city of Shawnee east of Kansas Highway 7, north of Johnson Drive with a section south of Johnson Drive to Clear Creek Parkway, between Monticello Road and Woodland Drive.
On Sept. 13, the board decided to fill the seat through June 30, 2011, using an interview and application process.
The position will then be added to the general election ballot on April 5, 2011, and voters will decide who will complete the unexpired term ending June 30, 2013.
The De Soto school board will have five positions on the ballot in April 2011.
They are Position 1, currently held by board president Tim Blankenship; Position 2, currently held by Jim Thomas; Position 3, currently held by Bill Fletcher; and At-Large Position 7, currently held by Don Clark.
Jan. 25 is the filing and withdrawal deadline for the general election.
The following patrons submitted applications for Position 5:
Dick Dearwester, director of biblical counseling at Westside Family Church; David Evans, superintendent for JE Dunn Construction Company; David Ewers, social studies instructor at Olathe Northwest High School; Douglas Hamilton, operations director for Quest Diagnostics Inc.; Jason Henrich, director of customer care for Kansas City Power & Light; Robert Hingula, attorney at Polsinelli Shughart; Ronda Mullen, self-employed instructional designer and training specialist; John Powers, manager of information technology for ATK in Independence, Mo.; and Jon Taulbee, regional sales manager for Nuance Communications.