Cavendish aims to fill School Board seats
By Kevin O’Connor
Staff Writer | March 10,2014
CAVENDISH — After a month-long search, this town finally found write-in candidates to run for two open seats last week on the five-member Select Board. Now it faces a new yet similar challenge: How to fill a pair of vacancies on the five-member School Board.
The community faced the prospect of several empty chairs when Selectman Robert Glidden was the only name on Tuesday’s ballot for three seats on the board he heads. Then in last-minute efforts, young native Brendan McNamara received 79 votes and longtime resident Wendy Regier received 32 votes to win one-year terms.
Now the Cavendish Town School Board is facing the same predicament. Local education leaders, trying to fill two open positions, are seeking residents to hold the seats until March town meeting 2015.
“There is one person who has expressed interest, but it’s hard to find people to fill slots,” elementary school Principal George Thomson says.
Potential members should write a letter to the School Board’s chairman, Dr. Gene Bont, in care of the Superintendent of Schools, 609 Route 103 South, Ludlow, VT 05149. Candidates should do so by March 17, and be prepared to attend the next regularly scheduled meeting March 18.
The School Board gathers monthly on the third Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the school. Members include Bont, the just-elected Barbara Dickey and just-re-elected Brenda Gregory.
The Select Board meets monthly on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the town office. Members include Glidden, McNamara, Regier, Mike Ripley and George Timko.
The Select Board’s reorganizational meeting is set for tonight and will feature election of officers, a review of last week’s town meeting and discussion of a draft capital budget plan, Town Manager Richard Svec says.