A vacancy on the USD Board of Education has members seeking applications from the community.

Through the application process the board looks to learn a potential member's thoughts on the district's strength and challenges, as well as their preparation for the position.

Yvonda Offerle, public information officer for the district, said the one primary aspect the board wants to know about is a potential member's community involvement.

"The board is looking for things they would like the board to consider," Offerle said. "Training, education, volunteer work, just things they've been a part of."   

At their meeting Feb. 12, board members will choose applicants they wish to call in for an interview.

The position is open due to Joyce Warshaw declining to accept the position following her election in  November 2017, opting to remain on the city commission. She had initially signed up for board elections simply because there weren’t enough candidates to fill open positions. Warshaw missed the deadline to withdraw her name from the ballot.

“Even though I would love to serve both entities, it is not practical to adequately serve the constituents," Warshaw said at the time.

Offerle said filling vacancies in the middle of terms can change the interest level. She said the district has seen up to eight applicants in the past.

"It could be different this year because we're so close to an election," Offerle said.

Any resident of USD 443 over age 18 can apply for the position. For more information interested residents can go to www.usd443.org/boeapplication.

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