Union Co. school board moves to fill vacancy on panel

The Union County school board decided this week how it will fill a vacancy on the panel following the death of member John Crowder.

The board will appoint someone to serve on the board until the November election. Crowder’s District 1 seat mainly covers Monroe and a little part of the Marshville area.

In November, voters will decide who will fill the rest of the unexpired term for Crowder’s seat, which ends in November 2016. School board seats are nonpartisan.

Crowder, 77, died of a stroke last month.

He had served on school boards in the county for 31 years and was the longest-serving member on the nine-person school board.

Friends and colleagues had described Crowder as a quiet leader who sought equal education for all students in the district.

Days before he died, Crowder made the surprise motion that led the school board to approve a controversial redistricting plan that parents are contesting in court.

Applicants for the post must live in the district, and letters of intent and resumes are due April 9.

They should be emailed to Donna Mullarkey at donna.mullarkey@ucps.k12.nc.us. Additional details are on the district website, www.ucps.k12.nc.us/.

The board’s strategic planning and technology committee will review the submissions and then schedule interviews with the candidates. The board is expected to make its appointment at the May 6 meeting.