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Five hope for spot on MCHS board

District 101 seeking Sloan's replacement

The Morris Community High School Board has begun its search to fill the board's recently opened seat.

Earlier this month, the board accepted the resignation of 13-month board member Damon Sloan. Sloan is moving out of the district.

Tuesday night a special board meeting was held to begin the process of filling Sloan's position, Superintendent Dr. Pat Halloran said Wednesday. The meeting was held in executive session, which Halloran was not privileged to, and no action was taken after the meeting.

Board President Dennis Best said Wednesday the board went over the applications, discussed questions they will ask the applicants, and went through the application process with the board members.

"It was more or less a planning session," he said.

The board will meet again in another special meeting June 5 to interview candidates Robert Strandell, Robert Narvick, Judy Miller, Steve Stangland and Karen Meucci.

Narvick and Meucci both ran for the position in the April 2011 election, but lost. Miller pulled a petition to run, but never filed it.

Stangland was a Morris High School board member from 1993 to 2001 and was board president from 1997 to 2001. Both Miller and Stangland also served on the committee last fall that looked at naming the football stadium after former coach Dan Darlington.

Strandell is an apparent newcomer when it comes to interest in serving on the MCHS Board.

"We are happy to see we have five and that we do have a choice," Best said. "We have good applicants and people with good credentials."

At the June 5 meeting, the board could make its appointment after the interviews, Halloran said. If so, the new board member would join the board at the June 11 regular meeting.

Also June 11, a new secretary will have to be elected to replace Sloan as secretary.

Sloan was elected for a four-year term, but whomever is appointed to replace him will only fill it until next spring. In the April 2013 school board election, that position will be up for a two-year unexpired term. The other board positions up for election will be for four-year terms.

There are a total of five positions that will be up for election, Halloran said.

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