Mayor W.E. "Gene" Hunt said he hopes the Poquoson City Council can fill an upcoming vacancy on the city's School Board by mid-December.
David Hux, vice-chairman of the School Board, was elected to City Council on Nov. 8. He will resign his Western Precinct seat on the school board before being sworn in as a councilman.
The eight members of the school board are not elected by the public, but appointed by city council from a "board bank" of citizens who have filled out forms at City Hall making themselves available to serve on any of several municipal boards and committees.
With Hux planning to resign from the school board, the two Western Precinct council members ó Vice Mayor Carey Freeman and departing Councilman Raymond Vernall ó will review the potential candidates from the board bank who live in the precinct. Hunt said they will also consult with Hux, who was elected to replace Vernall on the council.
Hunt said he hopes the new school board member can be announced at the Dec. 12 City Council meeting. He said Vernall and Freeman could settle on a candidate on whom they agree, or they could request that the council formally interview any or all of the board bank candidates from the Western Precinct.
In the meantime, Hunt said there is still time for residents to file paperwork at City Hall to place their names in the board bank.
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