8 apply for vacant Fairfield school board seat

  • Michael D. Clark
  • Staff Writer
12:37 p.m Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 Community News
An empty seat on the Fairfield Board of Education has attracted eight applicants vying for appointment by the board to finish the term of Jerome Kearns, who died unexpectedly last month. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF

Eight applicants — including a Fairfield High School student — are candidates for appointment to fill the Fairfield school board seat left vacant by member Jerome Kearns’ death last month.

The remaining four members of the Fairfield Board of Education will next interview and vote on whom they will appoint to fill Kearns’ seat.

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Besides the 18-year-old high school senior, most candidates — three women and five men — cite private industry supervisor or other similar managerial experience and volunteer experience with Fairfield Schools or community organizations as reasons they merit consideration.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

Under Ohio law the remaining four members of the Fairfield school board will appoint a member to fill out Kearns’ remaining term, which ends Dec. 31, 2019.

The board is scheduled to hold interviews and vote during its Jan. 12 meeting at 5 p.m. in the Catherine D. Milligan Community Room at Fairfield High School, 8800 Holden Blvd.

Kearns died Dec. 20. The father of three was a veteran school board member and also was assistant director of Butler County Job and Family Services.