Board President Melissa Newsome and Richard Marcucci have taken heat for not interviewing candidates to fill the positions of Connie Finney and Brenda Newman, who resigned in protest June 10 alleging a lack of transparency on the board.
New board members Melissa Adkins and Giles Brown III were chosen from nine candidates to replace Finney and Newman.
The board has until July 27 to replace departed President Eddie Corcino, who quit June 27, citing work responsibilities. Five of the six candidates for Corcino’s position had applied to replace Finney and Newman.
Marcucci said after Monday’s board meeting that the interviews will be conducted in private as in the past. The practice has been criticized by open meeting advocates.
Board members have 30 days from the resignation of a board member to appoint a replacement. After 30 days, a probate court judge would choose the member.
Newsome, questioned by candidate Amy Anderson during the public-speaking portion of the meeting, said interviews weren’t conducted in June because board members were running out of time. Superintendent Jerome Davis previously said board members wanted replacements named in time to approve the first reading of an evaluation policy by July 1.
“It was nothing personal, just bad timing,” Newsome said.
Marcucci — unanimously elected vice president of the board on Monday — said Adkins and Brown’s plans to run in November worked in their favor. Marcucci said some appointees in the past have not sought election, which he said was unfair to voters.
While interviews aren’t legally required, Anderson said after the meeting that she wasn’t satisfied with Marcucci and Newsome’s explanation. Anderson, a school district resident since 1995 with four sons who graduated from the district, said board members’ recent conduct has hurt Clearview’s reputation.
“They need to really get a hold of things before it spirals downhill,” said Anderson who said she also applied in June and plans to run in November. “It’s terrible that interviews weren’t conducted. You have to make the time to do what’s right.”
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