Sunday, September 19, 1999

Mason seeks new school board member

Applications due Thursday

Enquirer Contributor

        MASON — Registered voters who live within the boundaries of the Mason City Schools are invited to apply for an open seat on the school board.

        Veteran board member Jon Reinhart resigned Sept. 7 after admitting in court he doubled-billed the district for $376 in travel expenses. He pleaded guilty in Warren County Common Pleas Court to a misdemeanor charge of theft a month after he was forced to resign as principal of Clermont Northeastern High School on similar accusations there.

        Mr. Reinhart will be sentenced next month and faces a county jail term of up to six months and a fine of up to $1,000.

        Under Ohio law the board has to name a replacement for Mr. Reinhart within 30 days of his resignation. Board president Russ Carter said the board decided it would choose Mr. Reinhart's successor from a pool of people who nominate themselves for the position. Each will be required to respond to three questions and go through an interview.

        Because it is likely that some of the applicants will be candidates running for two open board seats on the November ballot, Mr. Carter said he will not participate in the selection process. The seats of Mr. Carter and board member Glenn Knight will be decided Nov. 2. Mr. Knight is not seeking re-election, but Mr. Carter is.

        “I think it's important for me to stay out of the process,” Mr. Carter said.

To apply
        Applicants should send mail or fax their responses to the following three questions no later than Thursday. Mail to: Shelly Benesh, Mason City Schools, 211 N. East St., Mason 45040. Fax to Ms. Benesh at 398-4554.

        • Tell us about yourself, why you want to fill this position, your views on education and what assets you can bring to the students.

        • What are the three or four most critical issues facing the Mason schools? Include thoughts on how each should be addressed.

        • Share your ideas on an operating levy and bond issue to be placed on the ballot next spring. How would you contribute to the passage of them?

        Candidates will be interviewed before the board's Sept. 28 meeting. Mr. Carter said a new board member could be named that evening.


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