School board accepting letters of interest for Caskey's seat

  • Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:43 p.m.

The chairman of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education asked Monday for people interested in serving out the remainder of Mike Caskey's term to send in a letter of interest.
"There are people out there who want to be considered," Dr. Jim Emerson said. "I think we need to deal with this across the board as fair and square as possible."
Caskey plans to step down from the board Dec. 3, the same day he is set to be sworn in on the Rowan County Board of Commissioners.
He was elected to his first term on the school board in 2010, defeating L.A. Overcash and Troy Rushing Jr.
The board is required to appoint Caskey's replacement. That person must live in the South area, which Caskey currently serves.
Caskey requested a discussion about his replacement be added to Monday's regular meeting agenda so that the board could establish a plan of action.
Emerson said board members will be allowed to nominate people for the seat, but he wanted to open it up to anyone who might be interested.
Those who would like to be considered should mail a short statement about why they want to serve, along with information about their background to Vice-Chairwoman Jean Kennedy at 314 N. Ellis St., Salisbury, NC 28144. All letters must be postmarked by Saturday.
Board members agreed with Emerson's decision to allow those interested in the seat to come forward.
The board will meet at 8 a.m. Dec. 6 to discuss all potential candidates. That meeting is open to the public, but the location hasn't yet been decided.
The board will have four new members soon.
Newcomers Chuck Hughes and Josh Wagner unseated two-term board members Bryce Beard and Emerson during the election.
Susan Cox will take Linda Freeze's spot. Freeze did not seek re-election.
New board members will be sworn-in during the Dec. 17 meeting.
Contact reporter Sarah Campbell at 704-797-7683.

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