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Harvard School District 50 accepting applications for board vacancy

HARVARD – Interested residents can now apply for a spot on the Harvard School District 50 Board, after an odd twist created a vacancy.

Former board member Steve Garrels left nearly three years on his term when he resigned the post in summer 2014, following a win in the April 2013 election. The board later named Will Parker as Garrels’ replacement.

Typically, a board member appointed as a replacement serves the remainder of the term. But because Garrels left with so much time on his term, his seat – by law – had to go back to voters in the next election, which was April 7, school officials said.

No one, including Parker, decided to run for the seat, creating a vacancy once the new district board was seated last week.

School officials have since circulated applications for the board position, said spokesman Bill Clow.

“The school board is meant to be the community’s voice in our public education system,” Clow said. “If people are interested in making sure we provide a quality education to students in Harvard, this is their opportunity.”

To apply, interested residents must be 18 years old, a registered voter and a district resident for at least one year. The open term on the board lasts for two years.

The district cannot accept applications from residents in Chemung Township, since the board has the maximum number of members from Chemung. District 50 employees also cannot apply for the open position.

Interested residents have until May 6 to apply. Applicants must submit a letter explaining why they think they would be an asset to the District 50 board and a statement verifying they meet the requirements.

Applications should be submitted to board secretary Sue Johnson at sjohnson@cusd50.org.

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