IRSD seeking to fill board of education vacancy

SELBYVILLE – The Indian River School District is seeking to fill a District 5 vacancy on the district’s 10-member board of education.

The school board at its Nov. 27 accepted the resignation of Doug Hudson, who has moved out of his election district.

Doug Hudson

Mr. Hudson, who still resides within the Indian River School District, served as one of two board representatives for District 5, which encompasses the southernmost portion of the district.

The board voted 8-0 to accept Mr. Hudson’s resignation.

“I appreciate the opportunities I have been given on my time on the board,” Mr. Hudson stated in his resignation letter to board president Charles Bireley. “I wish you and the board continued success in the future. If I can assist in the transition, just let me know.”

The board of education will advertise for interested candidates for appointment to fill Mr. Hudson’s seat until June 30, 2018, according to IRSD spokesman David Maull.

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

District 5 encompasses all or portions of Selbyville, Gumboro, Frankford and Roxana.

Interested applicants 18 or older who reside in District 5 should contact IRSD board of education president Charles Bireley at 539-9043 or

Interested candidates should apply prior to Dec. 22, 2017.

“We have to advertise it for a couple weeks in advance,” said Mr. Maull.

Any appointment action by the board would not likely occur until early 2018.

In the May 2014 school board election, Mr. Hudson was the top vote-getter in winning re-election to a five-year term. With 183 votes, he was joined by W. Scott Collins, who received 151 in his successful re-election bid to secure the other District 5 seat.

Mr. Hudson was on board when the district initiated all-day kindergarten, school safety initiatives, International Baccalaureate, Advance Placement and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs and revamped the Honors curriculum, dual enrollment. He was also a board member during the construction of new buildings.

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