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Union County Board of Education works to fill District 6 seat

The Union County Board of Education is a step closer to filling the District 6 seat vacated by the sudden resignation of board member Marce Savage.

The board asked District 6 residents who wanted to be considered for the seat to submit letters of interest by the end of the day on Feb. 13th.

“I feel extremely confident we will find a capable replacement for the District 6 vacated seat,” Board Chairman John Collins said in an email.

By the end of the day Feb. 12, seven people had submitted letters of interest, Collins said. After checking with the board’s attorney, Collins released the candidates’ names: Jason Marton, Sean Maher, Aaron Asbra, Jamisha Breland, Kathy Heintel, Charisse Pferschy and Sarah May.

In November’s election, Marton lost to Savage in the race for the District 6 seat. Maher ran for an at-large seat, but lost to newcomer Leslie Boyd.

Savage gave a letter of resignation, effective Jan. 31, to Collins and asked him to delay announcing her resignation until “near the end” of the board’s Feb. 3 meeting, Collins said.

Her resignation followed a formal censure from the board in November after accusations that she falsified expense reports related to her service on the county’s board of education and the N.C. State Board of Education. She resigned from the state board in December.

She has also threatened legal action against Union County Public Schools after it inadvertently released personal information about her that included her Social Security number.

Collins said Savage “handed me her resignation letter … and remarked that the situation was taking too much attention away from the positive things going on in UCPS.”

He said that the letters of interest and other information provided “will be forwarded to the Chair of Strategic Planning and Technology.”

“That committee will proceed the same way they did when filling the District 1 seat of Mr. Crowder,” he said, referring to board member John Crowder, who died in March.

“I have asked that they review the candidates’ resumes and if necessary talk with the candidates, then produce their narrowed down list of choices to the full board for a selection vote at our March 10th meeting,” Collins said.