MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County School board members are looking for someone to fill the District 1 seat which serves students and families in the Hazel Green area.
The board members went to work on Saturday morning with a tight deadline.
“The state law only allows us 30 days to interview, go through the process and accept a candidate to replace Mr. Nash,” Board President Angie Bates said.
Dan Nash resigned from his District 1 seat on the school board after nearly three and a half years.
“He was a man of integrity and great wisdom, and we appreciate what he’s done so far,” Bates said.
The board is now opening the opportunity to community members.
“I think we’re looking for someone who can objectively represent their community, and their agenda is to do what is best for the children and the students of Madison County,” Bates said.
Applicants must live in Madison County’s District 1 among other requirements.
“Be a high school graduate or have the equivalent of a high school diploma,” Vice President Mary Louise Stowe said. “They have to have good moral character, they can’t have had a felony.”
The Madison County School Board is acting quickly to ensure they fill the position locally, instead of an appointment by the State Superintendent of Education.
“We have always filled the vacancies that occurred on this board locally,” Stowe said.
Applicants must turn in their Letters of Interest to Bates by 5:00 p.m. on July 18. A person can turn that in to Bates at the Madison County Board of Education located at 1275 Jordan Road, Huntsville, AL 35811.
Then, each candidate will have five minutes to address the school board beginning at 7:00 p.m. on July 18. After applicants are narrowed down, they will have a question and answer interview on July 20 at 6:00 p.m.
The board will vote on Nash’s replacement on July 21. Then, board members will swear that person in on August 4th at the board meeting.
The person appointed by the board will serve for the unexpired term of two and a half years.