SJ school board interviews two candidates for open seat

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — It’s been three weeks since the St. Joseph school board lost one of its board members.

However, the position is close to being filled.

Trustees interviewed two candidates during Monday’s study session held at Lincoln Elementary School. Trustee Amy Marohn, who chairs the search committee, said they plan on choosing the next board member within a few days.

“We had a nice group of folks that were well-qualified, so that was very helpful in securing good candidates,” Marohn said. “We just need to evaluate where we are at with the information we now have. I will then make phone calls to both candidates letting them know of our decision.”

The position became available after Tamara Patrick, the board vice president, resigned Jan. 15 after she accepted another job necessitating a move.

Patrick’s term expires in 2018.

The board did not release the names of the two applicants.

Other agenda items

Superintendent Ann Cardon discussed a school of choice report, taking note of the high enrollment at E.P. Clarke Elementary.

“They have the room, although they are starting to get kind of full,” Cardon said of Clarke’s enrollment. “We had a big bump three years ago with that group that is in second grade now.”

The numbers provided to the board were by grade level in each district for the past few years.

Cardon also asked for the board to examine the mid-year school of choice opportunity that several neighboring districts use. While some districts in Berrien County have two periods for open enrollment, St. Joseph has one.

The mid-year enrollment is a two-week window in which a student can enroll halfway through the academic school year.

“A lot of districts do it where they open up the window so students can come in at the start of the second semester,” Cardon said. “We could open another window in December or January for students. Currently, our district opens up in May for the fall semester window.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Feb. 2, 2016)

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