With a little more than three months until the April 23 municipal election, the Johnson City Board of Education will not seek an interim replacement for Jenny Brock, who resigned last week ahead of her bid for a seat on the City Commission.
“We had the option of filling her spot in the interim for three months, but quite frankly, the process to fill an interim would probably take about three months, so we’re just going to leave that spot empty until April,” Chairwoman Kathy Hall said Tuesday.
Hall said she doesn’t foresee any controversial issues popping up ahead of the April election that would cause any potential problems for the board.
“Having an odd number of people on the board is nice if there is something that we’re split on, but at this point I don’t see anything coming down the pipe where that will be an issue,” she said.
Brock’s resignation from the school board will leave an open seat for someone to serve out her remaining two years.
Sheila Cox, who serves as the board’s secretary, will be vacating her four-year seat and seek the unexpired two-year term left by Brock.
James Povlich also will be seeking Brock’s vacant two-year seat.
There will be four four-year seats on the April ballot.
Incumbents Hall, Tom Hager and Vice Chairman Richard Manahan are seeking re-election, while newcomers John Hunter, David Alven and Mahmood (Michael) Sabri are vying for the four-year terms on the seven-member board.
So far, all eight candidates have picked up qualifying petitions.
Candidates have until noon Jan. 17 to turn in the petitions.
Washington County Administrator of Elections Maybell Stewart said the two-year term will be a separate vote on the ballot.