Two seeking spot at Blue Earth Area

BLUE EARTH – The Blue Earth Area School Board learned Monday that two citizens have applied to fill the board vacancy created by the resignation of Jeremy Coxworth.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jensen reported that Maria Frank and Jeff Eckles both met the filing deadline.

The board discussed how to proceed with the matter and decided to schedule a day to interview both candidates. It then plans to make a decision on the appointment. The public would then have 30 days to offer comments on the chosen candidate. If the candidate still meets with board approval following the comment period, the candidate can begin serving on the board at that time. A date for interviews has not yet been set.

In a related note, there is still a push being made at the state Legislature to lessen the requirements for a special election to fill board vacancies, according to Jensen. Holding special elections can be quite costly for a school district.

Turning to another matter, the board discussed the end of the school year calendar. The last student day will be May 31, with commencement at 2 p.m. June 2.

In other business, the board:

o Approved the hiring of Brent Vereide as a custodian.

o Accepted the resignations of Holly Hoerth as a Little Giants/School Age Care teacher, Ingrid Chrisman as a high school English teacher and Lindsay Johnson as an elementary teacher.

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