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Board looks to fill seat after Dunbar's resignation

Olentangy board member since 2010 plans to move from school district, offers advice to her successor

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The Olentangy school board is seeking a new member after Stacy Dunbar announced her resignation last week.

Dunbar said her resignation, which she announced June 17 during the board's annual retreat, was prompted by a family decision to move from Liberty Township to Columbus. She said leaving the district was not an easy choice.

"It was one of the most difficult," she said. "My time (on the board) has been so rewarding."

The district began seeking applications for Dunbar's seat as soon as she announced her resignation. The deadline for submitting an application for the position was Tuesday, June 24.

A full list of potential candidates for the seat was not available by press time Tuesday, June 24.

The board is expected to review applications for the open position at its meeting Thursday, June 26, before appointing a new member at its July 9 meeting.

Dunbar was appointed to the board in 2010 and re-elected in 2011. The person who replaces Dunbar will serve out the rest of her term, which runs until December 2015.

Dunbar said she could not point to one particular achievement as the highlight of her time on the board.

"I say I don't take any credit individually, but I'm proud of what we did as a team," she said.

Those team accomplishments, Dunbar said, included consistently high scores for students on standardized tests and for district buildings on state report cards.

Dunbar, who served as the board's representative on the facilities committee, said she also was proud of working to make the high school football stadiums' transition to artificial turf a successful one.

Dunbar said she's already been asked for advice by potential candidates looking to fill her seat on the board.

"Make sure you're not running on one issue," she said. "Make sure you're going for it because you're dedicated to (the district)."

A candidate who wants to solve one particular problem may fix it and then lose interest in the board's work, Dunbar said.

She said it's also important to remember board decisions have real-world consequences for students, teachers and the community.

"It's a big responsibility," she said. "It's a volunteer position that comes with a great impact on a lot of people."

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