Lancer Summer Coverage
With seven seats on the South Lake Schools Board of Education and five of them up for grabs, the November election will prove interesting as to who will fill these empty seats.
But due to the unexpected retirement of Treasurer Christi Frazier, an appointment for her seat was held on July 16th where by vote, Julie Magee Swetlic was appointed to the board. However the seat is only temporary and Swetlic will have to run in November in order to retain the seat as Frazier would have, had she not retired.
The final date to file to run for a position on the Board was July 22nd. The candidates for the November election are Michael Damiani, appointee Julie Magee Swetlic, and incumbents Lois Cardenas and Kelly Gattuso.
The Board of Education is saying farewell to Vice President Paula Mack-Crouchman and Trustee Karla Anderson who have decided not to pursue another term on the BOE.
“Its an interesting time,” said School Board President Ellen Dunn, “with so many vacancies. But I am hopeful that passionate candidates will be elected on November 4th.” Dunn added.
However because there will be five seats open but only four candidates running, this means one seat will be left open even after the November election.
“When a seat is open, the Board is required by law to fill it by appointment within 30 days.” said Dunn.
This indicates that there will be one final appointment after the November election and all current candidates in the November election are guaranteed seats.