The appointment of a new Columbus Board of Education member will occur no later than Feb. 17, district officials said.

The appointment of a new Columbus Board of Education member will occur no later than Feb. 17, district officials said.

In a press release sent out last week, Board President Carol Perkins said board members will meet in a closed-door session Feb. 3 to discuss an appointee.

She said interviews will take place Feb. 4, and if need be, Feb. 5.

Those interested in joining the seven-member board were expected to turn in a resume or one-page summary of skills an applicant could bring to the board by Jan. 27.

The successful applicant will replace board member Terry Boyd, past board president, who announced he would be leaving Jan. 31 to focus on his work at Franklin University.

Boyd's term expires Dec. 31, 2011; however, the appointee would need to win the general election in November to complete the two years left of the term.

This will be the second member appointed to the board this year.

Ramona Reyes was sworn into the board Jan. 20 replacing W. Carlton Weddington, who stepped down after winning a seat in the Ohio House.

Reached last week, Perkins said the board is seeking a member with a number of qualities. Among these, she said the appointee must have strong organizational skills, an understanding of finance and be aware of the board's policy structure.

She said the member will need an understanding of "policy governance," an approach championed by Boyd. Under policy governance, board members establish goals for the district but leave the day-to-day operation to district staff.

"The board's purpose to provide the foundation -- the structure," Perkins said.

She said it will be difficult to replace Boyd.

"He was a great leader," Perkins said.

After Weddington's resignation, the board received eight applications.

"We had some excellent candidates that applied last time," Perkins said. "Hopefully we will have another impressive candidate pool."

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