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Kanawha school board to select new board member

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County school board will meet next week to hash out a plan for selecting their next board member.

The board is replacing longtime board member Bill Raglin, who died last week. His term ends in May.

Per law, the school board has 45 days from the time Raglin's seat became vacant to appoint a new member. The law says nothing of the mechanics of that selection process -- the board said Monday they would use this special meeting to settle on the process they will use to fill the seat.

That meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Dec. 12.

"This will be about process," President Pete Thaw said. "We're not going to discuss who it's going to be necessarily, just how we're going to get there."

At Monday's meeting board members floated the idea of taking applications and doing interviews, whether in open or closed session. Several board members mentioned that they've already gotten calls from people interested in the position.

Before they get to names, though, they'll take time to settle on a process. They have until early January to fill the spot.

"You need to get that out of the way first, I think, how you're going to do it so the people know," Superintendent Ron Duerring said. "You need to decide whether you're going to take applications or what."

Also in the wake of Vice President Raglin's death, board member Becky Jordon said she would nominate fellow board member Robin Rector to take over that role.

Rector is the board's newest addition -- she was first elected in 2008. The board will vote on that move at the next meeting.

 After discussing policy and politics at their Monday meeting, the board paused for one minute in remembrance of Raglin. His former seat at the front of the room, on Thaw's left-hand side, sat empty while the board, administrators and education officials bowed their heads in recognition of his nearly 20 years of service.

Raglin was first elected in 1994, at the age of 57, and was known as a champion for career and technical education, and for Charleston's Westside schools.

He died last week after a hospital stay following knee surgery. He was 76.

Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.maunz@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886


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