JPS Board Discusses Vacancy, Welcomes Mains

The first Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education meeting under the leadership of Tim Mains, JPS superintendent, produced a decision regarding a board vacancy.

After Mains was officially sworn in before the board at the commencement of its Tuesday meeting, the board resolved to accept applications for an interim replacement of Timothy Thomas – who recently resigned for the purpose of relocation.

A number of factors played into the decision of filling the vacant seat left by Thomas, who’s term was set to expire in May. After Joe DiMaio, board president, offered three options for moving forward – to have the seat remain vacant until elections next May, to hold a special election for the appointment of a new member, or to accept applications for an interim member – board members Patrick Slagle and Paul Abbott voiced their opinions on the matter.

“I think that it’s more of a timing issue,” said Slagle. “I think it’s too much time to leave it blank, but I don’t think there’s enough time to hold a special election. I think the timing is right to maybe just appoint someone.”

“I agree 100 percent with Patrick,” said Abbott. “I definitely think we need that seventh person, and I think (to hold) a special election would also come with a cost. And, aside from the timing, it works out well because Tim’s seat was up in May, anyway.”

Ultimately, it was decided that the board would accept resumes and letters of intent from interested parties through a deadline date of Sept. 1. The board will then discuss potential candidates during its Sept. 10 board meeting.

DiMaio mentioned the possibility of appointing a new member during the Sept. 24 board meeting, but clarified that to be the earliest scenario.

“I don’t think we should automatically set a timetable because it may take us a little longer, but we hope to appoint somebody by the end (of September),” he said. “But I think we should give ourselves a little leeway, depending on what happens, and set that as a goal.”

The interim position would be in effect until May, when the interim member may run for an official position with the board. The board suggested applicants send their information to Sue Caronia, district clerk.

In other business, the board approved a tax warrant, change order and financial reports – all of which were presented by Dale Weatherlow, assistant superintendent for administration, and provided as attachments to the agenda.

As part of the district’s ongoing transportation center renovation project, the approval of the change order authorized Weatherlow to execute the payment of $8,031 to contractors EE Austin & Son for the installation and removal of a temporary office trailer and the provision of additional bus wash accessories – two 55-gallon drums of soap to start up.

The board also approved a number of instructional and non-instructional personnel changes and additions, which were provided as attachments to the agenda. A 2013-14 board meeting schedule and a board retreat, which is tentatively scheduled for either Oct. 19 or Oct. 26, were also discussed.