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Schuyler Board of Education looks for a new member

January 2, 2019

The recent resignation of Holly Hild has left an empty seat within the Schuyler Board of Education, but officials are on the search for someone to fill the position.

The reason for Hild’s resignation was not made clear to the Schuyler Sun. Despite that, board president Richard Brabec said Hild has been a very supportive member of the board and her service was much appreciated. In the past 10 years, Brabec said the board has experienced two board members resigning in the middle of their term.

“It’s part of life,” he said.

After running uncontested in the recent election, Hild was about to start her second four-year term with the board serving on the Americanism, Curriculum, Assessments, Board Policy, Public Relations, Planning & Calendar committees.

Her replacement will only have to serve the two years remaining on her term on the board. If he or she wishes to continue serving the board, he or she will have to go through the election process.

Those interested in the position have until Jan. 30, 2019, to submit their applications to the Schuyler Community Schools superintendent’s office inside Schuyler Central High School, 401 Adam St. Eligible applicants must be a registered voter prior to accepting the board appointment, have established primary residence in the Schuyler Community Schools district and must be at least 19.

Application forms are available for pick up from Sally Jakub at the superintendent’s office or on the district’s website at https://www.schuylercommunityschools.org. Each application will be reviewed by the board during the Feb. 11, 2019, public meeting and he or she will take a seat on the board on March 11, 2019.

“It’s a great opportunity for somebody who would like to serve and not have to go through the election process,” Superintendent Daniel Hoesing said.

Hoesing said new and re-elected members will be sworn into their positions this month, followed by the election of officers. Hoesing said Brabec will also be accepting requests from members wanting to change committees so the new member might not end up serving on the same committees as Hild.

The responsibilities of the board, according to the district’s official website, include improving curriculum articulation with an emphasis on developing reading, writing, and math skills by working with the curriculum coordinator and all schools in the Class 3 district, identifying and prioritize expenditures of the district, improving the facilities within the district in need of upgrades and improving unity of students, staff and patrons toward all educational programs.

Hoesing said the new member should be willing to donate his or her time to attend public meetings and conferences, be up-to-date with district policies, be fiscally responsible, as well as committed to ensuring transparency between the board and the general public.

Brabec said board members are responsible for leading area youth and preparing them to lead the community in the future.

And Hoesing said he couldn’t agree more. He said the youth is the baseline for the future workforce and development of the community.

“I think of all the responsibilities in the community, the education of youth is always important,” Hoesing said.

Natasya Ong is a reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.