WILMINGTON — A veteran member of the Wilmington City Schools (WCS) Board of Education has announced he will not seek re-election, a move creating the need for at least one new candidate for the school board.
Bill Liermann, the current board president, has served on the WCS board for 12 years.
He said it’s time for him to move on and he wanted to publicize the open seat so potential candidates will have time to consider whether they will run for school board and have time to circulate candidate petitions for the November election.
The term of office for a WCS school board member is four years. Candidates for a seat have until 4 p.m. Aug. 5 to file petitions with elections officials.
Interested persons can go to the Clinton County Board of Elections at the courthouse to pick up candidate packets, said the board’s Director Shane Breckel. The packets contain the petitions, candidate requirements, information about being a school board member, and campaign finance forms.
“The earlier the better” for getting the process started, Breckel said Friday.
In addition to Liermann’s spot, WCS board member Kevin Snarr’s seat will be on the fall ballot.
In looking back over his tenure, Liermann said the board made significant improvements in the district’s facilities and has striven to spend money “in a conservative yet prudent manner.”
Liermann said his proudest moments were when the district attained an excellent rating as determined by the state report card, and the pleasure he experienced on graduation days as he watched the faces of graduates when they received their WHS diplomas.
The board held a special meeting this week, taking action on personnel matters and other business.
Resignation requests of the following certified staffers were accepted: Tamie Thornberry for purposes of retirement, Eric Hounshell, Megan Saunders, Alexandra Marquis and Rachel Baker.
The following teachers were approved for one-year contracts for the 2015-16 school year: Dillon Oney for WHS social studies, Grace Stock for second grade at East End, Katherine Bell for intervention at Denver Place, Carrie Peelle for math coach at Denver Place, Sarah Goforth for math at Holmes Elementary and Mary Catherine Mueller for intervention at Wilmington Middle School.
Dwain Faulkner was employed as a custodian for the 2015-16 school year, effective July 1, 2015.
The board approved Wright Specialty Insurance as the school district’s fleet, property and liability insurance carrier for next school year. The quote for 2015-16 is $54,939 compared to $55,744 last year.
A new board policy was OK’d. It states that presale ticket revenue from post-season athletic tournaments will be deposited in the fundraising account of the sport participating in the event.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.