The Canal Winchester Board of Education interviewed six candidates to serve the remainder of the term of Brian Niceswanger.

Emily Davis, David George, Amy Giesecke and Jon Weber were interviewed Jan. 2.

David Dastrup and Monika Talley were interviewed Jan. 4.

According to board Vice President Matt Krueger, the new member will be approved and introduced during its meeting Monday, Jan. 13.

Kruger said the interview process yielded strong candidates, and he was pleased with the results.

"It has been a refreshing process," he said. "We have met some great people in the community that would be wonderful resources and are advocates of the district."

According to Krueger, candidates were identified through a post about the opening on the district's website.

"This has been a very simple process," he said. "The position was posted to our community, and we have had a number of folks submit letters of interest for consideration. We then had to narrow the search to a manageable number of six to conduct interviews with."

Under Ohio law, once the vacancy occurs, the board must appoint a new member at its next regular or special meeting, which would be held at least 10 days after the vacancy occurs and within 30 days of the board member's resignation.

Kruger said Niceswanger's experience will be missed.

"Longevity and knowledge (are) something you can never replace in a first-time board member. Brian was a great resource for 10 years and he will be missed," he said.

"Like Brian demonstrated, our ideal candidate will show high integrity and a focus on the district's mission of empowering students for success," said Kevin Butler, board president.

Niceswanger served on the board nearly 10 years before his resignation became official Dec. 31, 2019, because he moved out of the district. The term ends Dec. 31, 2021.

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