At its Feb. 25 meeting, the Union County Board of Education got a homework assignment from Chairman John Collins: Select one of three finalists for the vacant District 6 seat to vote for at the board’s March 10 meeting.
“Do whatever due diligence you need,” Collins said. “Come with one person in mind.”
Moments earlier, board member Michael Guzman officially told the board that the Strategic Planning and Technology Committee had narrowed the list of 11 candidates interested in the District 6 seat, vacated after the resignation of board member Marce Savage.
Other committee members are Sharon Harrell, Melissa Merrell and Leslie Boyd.
District 6 covers the central western section of Union County from Wesley Chapel to Marvin, and includes portions of Weddington and Waxhaw.
Guzman, who chairs that committee, said the three finalists are Jason Marton, Sean Maher and Kathleen Heintel.
In November’s election, Maher lost to Leslie Boyd in the race for the open at-large seat, and Marton lost to Savage in the District 6 race. Heintel did not run for a spot in November’s election.
The other eight people who submitted letters of interest in the position included Aaron Asbra, Bonnie Laster, Charisse Pferschy, Debbie Messner, Jamisha Breland, Lee Monks, Michael Leshaw and Sara May.
In an email, Collins said he would like each board member to individually decide – through “phone calls, coffee, lunch, whatever they arrange” – which candidate they want to support as Savage’s replacement.
“I would also ask that each board of education member come to the March 10 meeting prepared to vote on their choice for the District 6 seat,” he said. “At the March meeting, we will vote, and at the April meeting we will swear in the new member.”
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