As deadline nears, five persons of interest in filling IRSD’s District 5 board vacancy

SELBYVILLE – Santa Claus is busy making his list and checking it twice.

Several days before Christmas, Indian River School District school board president Charles Bireley was checking the mail and email for persons interested in filling a board of education vacancy.

As of midday Friday, Dec. 22 – the advertised deadline for applicants – Mr. Bireley said he had received letters from five people interested in filling the District 5 board vacancy created with the recent resignation of Doug Hudson, who moved out District 5.

“Today (Dec. 22) is the deadline. If I get a letter in the mail, let’s say Monday, and it is postmarked (Dec. 22) then it’s accepted. Or if there’s an email that comes today,” Mr. Bireley explained.

Mr. Bireley expects the IRSD board of education will schedule a special board meeting to address the vacancy prior to its next regular meeting, which is not until late January.

“We would have to have a special board meeting,” said Mr. Bireley. “If we were to make the decision that night, we could just call that person back in and I would swear them in that night, and as of that time they would be the 10th member of the board.”

The school board at its Nov. 27 meeting accepted Mr. Hudson’s resignation. Mr. Hudson still resides within the Indian River School District but no longer in District 5. He was one of the 10-member board’s two representatives for District 5, which encompasses the southernmost portion of the district.

Eligible applicants must be 18 or older and reside in District 5, which starts below the Frankford town limits and encompasses all or portions of Selbyville, Gumboro, Williamsville and Roxana, spanning west through Gumboro south to the Maryland line.

The person appointed to fill the District 5 vacancy would serve until June 30, 2018.

Because Mr. Hudson’s term will not expire until June 30 of 2019, the May 2018 school board election will have a District 5 race. The winner will fill that seat until June 30 of 2019, completing Mr. Hudson’s term, while putting that board term back on a five-year cycle.

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