by Alan McArthur
The Park Hill School Board interviewed applicants for the open board seat on Saturday morning at the district office.
The seven candidates sat before the board and answered questions presented by the six board members, as the members took notes on the answers.
The board meets on Thursday at 4 p.m. and will vote to appoint one of the candidates to the open position. The chosen person will then be sworn in at the next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 25.
The board had created a subcommittee made up of John Thomas, board president, Denise Schnell, treasurer, and Bob Weidt. The committee met on Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 a.m. at the Corner Café in Riverside to discuss the 18 applicants and narrowed the list to seven candidates.
The seven chosen were Jean C. Allan, Janice Bolin, Mary Klaveetter Florence, Valerie S. McCaw, Dan Coronado, Norman Scott Bowman, and Susan Newburger.
On Saturday, the board interviewed those seven and asked them questions about their feelings about the Park Hill School District. Many questions involved the candidate's view of the district's progress and the challenges facing the district.
One of the questions asked of the applicants was what they would do when approached by a member of the media seeking comment. The majority of the candidates responded they would not comment to the media and would refer the question to the media relations director, Nicole Kirby.
The board members said they will use the information gathered during the meeting to help them make a decision on Thursday.
During the meeting, the board did not deliberate about the applicants and no follow-up meeting was scheduled to discuss the applicants.
The person chosen will fill the position until April 7, 2009 when the seat will be up for reelection.
The board position was vacated by Mike Otto, after he accepted a position as a principal in the Raytown School District.