School board to fill District 2 vacancy

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer

The Clovis school board decided Tuesday to fill the vacant District 2 board member seat by May 27.

The seat opened when former board member George Banister resigned April 30 after serving nine years.

Board President Lora Harlan said state law requires the board fill the position within 45 days of accepting the resignation — making June 14 the deadline.

The board agreed to a timeline for the selection process:
n The board will accept letters of intent and resumes until May 21. Letters may be submitted to the administration building on Main Street.

n Interviews will be conducted on May 25. Interviews will be open to public attendance.

n The board plans to make the final selection a special public meeting on May 27.

Harlan said the board wants to make a selection in time for the new member to attend a law conference in Albuquerque on June 4.

The board is not required to interview each person who submits a letter of intent.

Once the board member is chosen, they must file candidacy papers in December and run for re-election in February 2005 to retain the position. Board members are elected to four-year terms.

Harlan said the board will strongly consider applicants who plan to run for election.

Rube Render, a Clovis resident for two years, attended the meeting and said he plans to file for the position.

Render, 62, is retired and spent 20 years in the military where he taught at a communications electronics school.

“I believe that education cures many ills,” Render said. “If you don’t have a good sound education there is nothing going for you — it is the only way out of everything.”

Harlan said she hopes to find a candidate who has a background in community service.

“We need someone who has the interests of educating children at heart,” Harlan said. “It is a big responsibility to the board because we are doing something that usually the people of that district do.”

In other business, board member Terry Martin accepted on an interim basis the secretary/clerk duties once held by Banister.