Four Seek Vacant Stephens Co. School Board Seat

The Stephens County Board of Education’s next member will come from a group of four applicants.

Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten said that four people submitted letters expressing interest in filling the Board of Education seat vacated last month by Jerry Steele.

Whiten identified the four applicants as Jimmy Howard, Rodney Moore, Inger Neal, and Steve Tilley.

“All four are excellent candidates,” said Whiten. “Any of them would make an excellent board member.”

She said the Board of Education is expected to speak with those four candidates at a work session set for July 11.

“(The board) is compiling questions and there will be a standard set of questions,” said Whiten. “All of this will take place in open session. They will be asking to schedule a time for each of these four folks to answer the questions.”

The Board of Education is expected to make its choice through a vote at its July 16 meeting, said Whiten.

Whoever the Stephens County Board of Education selects will serve the remainder of Jerry Steele’s term on the board, which runs through the end of 2014.

Steele held the District 1, Post 2 seat on the Stephens County Board of Education for over a decade.

He announced in May that he would resign at the end of June to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest once his son, Sandy Steele, officially took over as principal at Stephens County High School, which occurred on Monday.

Steele also served as the Board chair.

Last month, the Board of Education voted to wait on electing a new Chair until the new board member is in place.