Members of the Bexley City School District Board of Education voted 4-0 Wednesday morning, Feb. 23, to appoint Susan Zanner to the vacant seat on the five-member board.

Members of the Bexley City School District Board of Education voted 4-0 Wednesday morning, Feb. 23, to appoint Susan Zanner to the vacant seat on the five-member board.

The appointment came during a brief 8:30 a.m. special board meeting in the Cassingham Complex Community Room.

Zanner will fill the board vacancy created by the unexpected resignation of two-term member Diane Peterson on Feb. 14. Peterson resigned effective Feb. 28 for personal reasons. Zanner will be sworn in at the board's March meeting.

According to state law, the board was required to appoint a replacement within 30 days of the effective date of Peterson's resignation.

Since more than half of Peterson's term remains, Zanner can only serve through Dec. 31, 2011. The remaining two years of the unexpired term will be on the ballot in November.

Board President Joan Fishel said Zanner's appointment was logical since she recently served on the board and is familiar with the district's operations and challenges.

"It was my thought process that someone who is coming off for such a short period of time, just nine months, that it would be beneficial to get someone with experience, if they were available," Fishel said. "Not only has Susan been twice elected by the voters of Bexley, she has been chair of the levy campaign.

"Her experience will be invaluable to us as we move forward this year, dealing with possible state budget cuts and our upcoming teacher negotiations," he said.

For more details on this story, see the March 3 edition of ThisWeek Bexley.