Second vacancy possible on Perkins school board

PERKINS TWP. Board of education members trying to fill one vacancy may soon face another.
susanmcmillan
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

Board of education members trying to fill one vacancy may soon face another.

Board member D.J. Young moved to Laredo, Texas, this week for a government job.

"He's there in a new position and going to see how that works out," board president Brian Printy said. "If it works out and it's a permanent position for him, he'll resign from the board and we'll work to fill his seat."

Coming two weeks after the resignation of Chris Smith, Young's move leaves the five-member board with only three members who are able to participate fully in district business.

Young can participate in discussions but cannot vote from afar.

"We're keeping him in the loop on everything," board member Steve Schuster said.

The board must appoint a replacement for Smith by July 15, 30 days after his resignation. Only one person had applied for the spot by the unofficial deadline on Monday.

Because any legislation requires three votes for approval, the remaining members must agree on all decisions that come up before Smith's successor is appointed.

The next board meeting is July 8.

Printy and Schuster said Young, an attorney, did not provide a time frame for when his probationary period ends so he could make a decision about the board.

Schuster said he doesn't anticipate too much trouble in filling a second vacancy if necessary.

"It's unfortunate that we've got the timing as such," he said. "But I'm not concerned."