No applicants yet for Wake school board vacancy

Staff writerJune 30, 2009 

People aren't exactly rushing to fill the vacancy on the school board.

School officials say they hadn't received any applications as of Monday afternoon. You've got until noon on July 20th to get your application into the hands of the school district.

There are people who've expressed interest in filling the District 4 seat in Southeast Raleigh that was vacated when Rosa Gill left to join the General Assembly.

Community activist Venita Peyton has announced she'll apply for Gill's seat.

Other names that have been mentioned as possible candidates include Lillian Lee, the retired principal of Rolesville Elementary School; Alice Garrett, a retired administrator and former principal of Carroll Middle School; Jonica Rowland, an active PTA volunteer; and the Rev. Johnny Darden, who mentors at-risk students

School board members hope to fill the position by next month. The new board member would finish out Gill's term, which expires November 2011.

Normally, state law only allows school boards to fill vacancies to the next election, which in Wake's case would mean this October. But the state law that merged the Wake County and Raleigh City schools gave the school board the right to fill out unexpired terms.

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