Four people will be considered for appointment to the Whitehall City Schools board after former board president Blythe Wood's abrupt departure last month.

The new member, who will fill Wood's unexpired term, is expected to be sworn in at the board’s next regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Whitehall-Yearling High School, 676 S. Yearling Road.

Six candidates applied, said Ty Debevoise, director of marketing and communications for Whitehall schools.

They are Michael Arends, Tiffanie Charles, David Hagemann, Michelle Richardson, Kyra Thorpe and Zachary Wright.

Board members met March 7 during a closed executive session to review the candidates' applications and resumes, Debevoise said.

Four candidates were selected for interviews Monday, March 11, board President Mike Adkins said.

Two candidates, whose names were not disclosed by the district Friday, March 8, because they had not yet been notified, were eliminated from consideration because each missed the filing deadline of noon March 6, Adkins said.

Prior to the executive session March 7, board members met in public to officially accept the resignation of Wood, who submitted a letter of resignation Feb. 21, effective immediately, to Superintendent Brian Hamler.

Adkins, who had been the board vice president, became president upon Wood’s resignation.

Board member Leo Knoblauch was named the new vice president, Adkins said.

Board members will interview the four candidates during an executive session at 5 p.m. March 11 at the district’s administrative offices, 625 S. Yearling Road.

“We are hoping to pick one after interviews (on March 11) and have (the person) sworn in (March 14),” Adkins said.

According to the Ohio School Boards Association, the board must fill the vacancy at its next regular or special meeting, which is held at least 10 days after the vacancy occurs and within 30 days of the board member’s resignation.

If the board cannot or will not fill a vacancy within 30 days after a vacancy occurs, the probate court of the county in which the school district is located will fill the vacancy.  

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