Just six days after voters in the Perkiomen Valley School District chose four new school board members, the current board will be choosing another new member.
During Monday’s school board meeting, board member Ann Mantey submitted her resignation.
Her resignation was listed on the board agenda for that night and the board voted to accept it.
The board also decided Monday to replace her quickly and will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library to interview and appoint Mantey’s replacement.
By law, the interviews must be conducted in public.
Those interested in applying for the vacant seat, must submit a letter of interest, resume and a signed affidavit indicating eligibility for the post, according to an announcement on the district’s website.
Those materials should be sent to Laurie Weidner at 3 Iron Bridge Dr., Collegeville, PA, 19426, or via email at email@example.com, and must be received by 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in order to be considered.
Although the school board’s policy for filling vacancies gives the board 30 days to act, the board chose to fill the vacancy before the next regularly scheduled business meeting.
That meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11,which is also the organizational meeting at which the four new board members elected Nov. 7 — Judy Lofton, Beth Roberts, Wayde Weston Eugene Halus — will be sworn in and take their seats.
That meeting is within the 30-day window allowed by state law and the board’s policy.
However, school board President Richard Bouher said “there was some discussion at the meeting about waiting for the new board members,” but the move to appoint a new board member before that has to do with the potential for tie votes.
“We’re trying to avoid having an even number of board members” at the organizational meeting. He said choosing new leadership for the board and appointing a new board member might result in a split vote without the ninth member being seated.
Bouher, who was defeated in the Nov. 7 election, said he has “no intention whatsoever” of applying to fill Mantey’s seat.
According to school district Solicitor Bruce L. Castor Jr., whomever is chosen will fill the remainder of Mantey’s term, which expires Nov. 30, 2019.
In addition to the departure of Bouher and Rachael Charyna, who also lost a reelection bid, the board said goodbye to longtime members Lynn Bigelow and Lori Snyder.
During the Nov. 13 meeting, it was pointed out that Bigelow has served on the board for 12 years, and Snyder for 24 and that together, they have given approximately 7,000 hours of volunteer service to the school district.