FLORENCE — Florence school board members could delay filling a vacancy on the board, board President Bill Jordan said today.
School members have said earlier they would determine who will replace District 6 representative Jim Fisher next week. That could be changed, though.
Fisher resigned last week in the aftermath of posting education-related views on his Facebook page. The comments angered some employees in the system, particularly teachers.
Board members approved Fisher’s resignation on Tuesday and Jordan read a statement outlining the board’s plan for filling the seat.
He said letters of interest will be accepted from potential candidates for the job through 4 p.m. Tuesday, He added that a called meeting would be held at 12:30 p.m, Oct. 24 to select the new board member.
But Jordan said today he is considering other factors and the board could postpone the selection.
The board’s veteran board member Tom Wissert and Maleah Chaney are no longer on the board after Nov. 13.
“I can’t say we’ll have a decision for sure on Wednesday or if this present board should be making that decision,” Jordan said. “We were trying not to drag this out; we want to act quickly. It’s a valid point that two our current board members won’t be working with the new board member. We’ve not really had a chance to digest all this and we could decide to wait on filling the position.”
The board has 45 days to appoint a replacement before it goes to state Superintendent Tommy Bice to do so.
Jordan said board members won’t rush into a decision but if the right fit comes up, the (current board) will appoint that person.
“We’re within our legal rights to do so,” he said.