C-A school board has another vacancy to fill

FLINT TWP. — James Johnson will be spending most of his Tuesday nights the same way he has for many months – attending Carman-Ainsworth School Board meetings. Only now it will be official.

At a special board meeting Tuesday, Johnson was chosen out of five candidates to be appointed to the vacancy on the board created last month by the resignation of Recco Richardson.

But as indicated last week, another board member has announced that he also is stepping down.

Don Conway, who has served on the board more than ten years, submitted his letter of resignation effective July 24.

Conway said he is leaving to devote his energy to other interests and spend more time with his family but will remain active in the district. He is president of the CA Education Foundation and works year-round helping to organize the annual Winterfest holiday charity event.

Conway said he will also be spending time working with the C.A.R.E.S. Committee to promote passage of an upcoming millage election and also will spend more time helping out at the Senior Citizens Center.

Conway said that he was buoyed by the number of applicants for Richardson’s vacancy. After seven or eight years of watching board members run unopposed, it was encouraging to see an upsurge of interest, he said.

Board president Patrice Hatcher said that the filing deadline for applications to fill Conway’s spot will be July 29 for any more qualified candidates who wish to apply. If no new candidates apply, the board will select from the four remaining candidates already interviewed, if they reapply.

Johnson, the newly appointed member, is a familiar face at board meetings and said in his interview that he has children attending C-A schools and wants to work to help the district survive — unlike many others that are closing buildings or closing down due to budget shortages.

Johnson was not at the board meeting but left notice that he was out-of-town. He is due to be sworn in at another special meeting at 6 p.m. on July 30.

Hatcher said the board would aim to swear-in the new member at the same meeting, if there are no new applicants, but first has to re-publicize the vacancy.

Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff noted that August is a busy time for the district in preparation for the start of school in September. He said it would be ideal to have a full board in place as soon as possible.

Both Johnson and the second appointed member must run for their seats in the November 2014 election.

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