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School board to fill two vacancies

December 27, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg School Board will meet Jan. 3 in a second attempt to fill the Region 9 vacancy on the board, but now the clock is running on filling a second vacancy with the death Sunday of Region 1 board member Paul B. Ambrose.

Ambrose, who died Sunday night, was at the Dec. 20 meeting when the board deadlocked on filling the vacancy created by the resignation of former board president Craig Musser.

Superintendent Joseph Padasak says the board has 30 days from Tuesday - until Jan. 25 - to fill Ambrose's seat on the board.

"We're going to be taking letters of interest pretty soon," Padasak said Tuesday about the Region 1 vacancy. State law requires the board to name a replacement within 30 days, or the job will be decided by a Court of Common Pleas judge.

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Padasak said the Region 9 appointment can be filled on a majority vote of the remaining seven board members, but intends to check with the district's solicitor, Jan Sulcove.

Regarding the Region 1 vacancy, Orndorf said he was not sure whether the person appointed to that seat will serve the remaining three years of Ambrose's term or have to run in the May primary.

In the case of the Region 9 vacancy, that term expires at the end of 2007, Orndorf said. That is why one of the questions he asked of the three candidates interviewed last week was whether they intend to run for the position next year.

Three people were interviewed last week to replace Musser - retired federal employee Clarence Neil, former school board member Harold Fosnot Jr. and Anne Gotwals Boryan, who said her mother once served on the board.

Another former board member, Joel Happel, has submitted a letter of interest to the board to fill Musser's seat, Padasak said. Happel will be interviewed by the board at next week's meeting, he said.

Letters of interest for the Region 9 seat will be accepted until Tuesday, Jan. 2, at noon. Any other new applicants under the extended deadline also will be interviewed at the meeting.

While the board will attempt to fill those two vacancies within the next month, four of the five seats on the board, including Region 9, will be up for election in 2007.

Padasak said he expects any races in the May primary and November general election to have more of an effect on the future direction of the board than who fills the existing vacancies.

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