CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Board of Education will appoint a new member to fill former vice president Bill Raglin's seat on Tuesday.
The board met Thursday to discuss the appointment process and consider potential candidates to fill the seat of longtime board member Raglin, who died last month.
They elected to work from a list of about a dozen names, culled from calls each of the board members had received from community members to state their interest in filling the remainder of Raglin's term, which ends in May.
Per law, the school board has 45 days from the time Raglin's seat became vacant -- Nov. 26 -- to appoint a new member. The law says nothing of the mechanics of that selection process, leaving that much up to the board's discretion.
Thursday, board members decided to forego an interview process, saying that the pool of candidates was filled with community members who were active to the education community and well-known to board members.
Board member Robin Rector said the members hope that will help expedite the process during the busy holiday season: they have until early January to appoint the new board member.
Board president Pete Thaw shared with the board and the public the names of the nine individuals who approached him about the position. But the board went into a closed session -- as allowed by state code -- to discuss specifics about potential candidates.
In that closed session, they winnowed down and prioritized their list of candidates. Over the next few days, superintendent Ron Duerring will contact the top choice to discuss the position.