Nine candidates have expressed interest in filling a seat on the Reynoldburg Board of Education that became vacant when Chip Martin resigned on July 20.

Nine candidates have expressed interest in filling a seat on the Reynoldburg Board of Education that became vacant when Chip Martin resigned on July 20.

Lynda M. Snyder, Sandra D. Long, Ben McKibben, Ryan P. Kelly, Joe Begeny, Monica DeBrock, Dee Kahl, Thomas C. Drabick Jr. and Loretta L. King all submitted letters to the board by July 19. The board is required to appoint someone to fill a vacancy within 30 days after a member resigns.

Board vice president Andy Swope said members will review the candidates' qualifications in the next couple of weeks.

"We'll go over the letters and try to narrow it down to two, three, maybe four, then contact them in for an interview. Then we'll have someone to announce by the next board meeting in August," Swope said.

If the person who is named to fill the rest of Martin's term wants to seek a full term, which begins Jan. 1, 2012, he or she will have to run in the Nov. 8 general election.

Snyder is director of operations for "I Know I Can," a nonprofit college access program for Columbus City Schools. She also is a member of the Parent Advisory Council for the Ohio Department of Education.

Long is the majority owner of a small document-security-related business in Reynoldsburg. She has served on the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market committee since 2008, is a volunteer with the Reynoldsburg Community Association and is currently vice president of Reynoldsburg Festivals Inc.

She and her husband, Chris, a member of Reynoldsburg City Council, raised three sons who all graduated from RHS.

McKibben taught in the Reynoldsburg school district between 2007 and 2009 and is currently an English teacher at Olentangy Orange High School. He said his wife is a teacher in the Reynoldsburg school district where their two daughters are enrolled.

McKibben is an active member of the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, has volunteered for such community events as "Love Reynoldsburg" and has volunteered as a soccer coach through Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department programs.

Kelly has been a high school math teacher for the past 15 years as well as a junior high wrestling coach. He and his wife, Leslie, a Reynoldsburg City Council member and the school district's former eSTEM Academy leader, have a son and daughter currently enrolled in Reynoldsburg schools.

Begeny is a teacher at Beech-croft High School who also has experience working in the human resources department for United Parcel Service. He has two children enrolled in the Reynoldsburg school district.

DeBrock has been a PTA officer, a reading tutor, an orchestra chaperone and a school levy campaign co-chair. In addition, she has served on the city's Design Review Board, worked on the Olde Reynoldsburg Main Street Revitalization Plan, the Main Street Revitalization Plan, the Community and Historic Commercial Overlay project and the Olde Reynoldsburg Strategic Plan.

Kahl is a school-based occupational therapist with the New Albany school district. She also worked with the Educational Service Center of Ohio for 16 years. Her oldest daughter is a 2008 RHS graduate. Another daughter will be a senior and a son will be a sophomore.

Drabick, an attorney, is director of legal services for the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. He ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the board of education in 2007. He has participated on the superintendent's community advisory committee since 2003 and has served on district committees that studied the dress code/uniform policy, alternative standards-based reporting for elementary and middle schools, and on the school boundary committee. His two daughters attend Reynoldsburg schools.

King, director of housing services for the Columbus Urban League, is a past co-chair of a district levy campaign. She is the parent of two children who graduated from Reynoldsburg High School.