MERCERSBURG, Pa. - With 16 residents interested in the open seat on the Tuscarora School Board, the board filled its vacancy Monday by appointing Kenneth Nolen to the remainder of Larry Buchanan's term without interviewing any of the candidates.
Buchanan resigned from the board in August for what the board said was "personal reasons."
Residents questioned the apparent haste in appointing to the board without interviewing those interested in filling the seat.
"I am concerned that you had 17 (initial) applicants and did not interview any of them," said Tim Stanton. "I think that is a disservice to the taxpayers. In business, you don't just hire by looking at rÃ©sumÃ©s, you take time to interview."
Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Erb said candidates provided detailed resums to the board which she felt made interviews less than necessary given the number of candidates.
"It would have been very difficult to interview all the candidates and make a decision," she said. "Board membership has to do with things that cannot be fully represented in an interview on paper for that matter."