Board Vacancy

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    The Methacton School District Board of School Directors is seeking applicants to fill an anticipated vacancy on the Board of School Directors for an unexpired term ending the first Monday in December 2023. The Board has outlined a process found at www.methacton.org/boardvacancy, by which they will screen, interview, and appoint a member of the Methacton community. Deadline for applicants is October 24, 2022 at 12 noon.

    Questions on the matter should be directed to the Superintendent, Dr. David Zerbe at dzerbe@methacton.org or call 610-489-5000.

    TIMELINE

    October 12, 2022               

    Initial Notice to Public posted on web site:

    Announcement: The Methacton School District received notice of resignation from a School Board Director on October 10, 2022. The Administration is reviewing the matter and will provide additional information including process and timeline for the Board-appointed replacement in the near future.

    October 14, 2022               

    Notice to public on anticipated vacancy (Posting application process/timeline)

    October 24, 2022               

    Application deadline (12 Noon)

    October 28, 2022               

    Board selection of top 3 candidates due (1:00PM)

    October 28, 2022               

    Top 3 candidates notified (4PM)

    November 2, 2022               

    Special Meeting

    APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

    • The 3 candidates selected for interview must submit statement of financial interest prior to interview. (This allows for the interview, appointment and Oath of Office to occur on the same evening.)
    • The appointed candidate must take an Oath of Office.
    • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
    • Good moral character.
    • Resident of the school district for at least one (1) year prior to appointment.
    • Must have no record of conviction for any felony offense, or any misdemeanor offense involving dishonesty or other “moral turpitude”. A federal law known as the Hatch Act prohibits all federal employees and employees of state or local governments whose positions are funded entirely from federal sources from being candidates in partisan political elections for public office, including school boards.
    • The Hatch Act does not prohibit holding elective office if appointed to fill a vacancy.
    • Active-duty military, including reservists serving on active duty, are prohibited by federal law and Department of Defense regulations from running for or holding partisan political office.
    • School directors cannot be employed by their school district during the term for which elected.
    • The office of school director is designated as incompatible with most other local government elective offices; incompatible offices cannot be held simultaneously.

     

    Two-Step Process

    STEP 1: Applicant Screening

    • Application process opens October 14, 2022 and closes October 24, 2022 at 12 Noon.
      • A Google account is required to sign in to the application here.
      • If you do not have a Google account, click here to create one. 
    • Remaining Board members will review all applicants and submit their top 3 choices to the Board Secretary by 1PM on October 28, 2022.
    • The Board Secretary will tally all responses. Superintendent will contact top 3 candidates by 4pm October 28, 2022.
    • Top 3 applicant names will appear on the Board Work Session Agenda released at 7PM Sunday, October 31, 2022.
    • All applicants are asked to complete the following 6 questions for the initial applicant screening via online form found here.

    Questions are as follows:

    • Why are you interested in serving on the Board? (1,200 characters maximum) 
    • What do you perceive to be the responsibilities of the Board? (1,200 characters maximum) 
    • What are the strengths of our school district? (1,200 characters maximum) 
    • What are the challenges facing our school district? (1,200 characters maximum) 
    • What qualities, skills and experience would you bring to the Board? (1,200 characters maximum) 
    • What are the biggest challenges facing public education today? (1,200 characters maximum) 

    STEP 2: Public Interview

    • Interviews will occur at a Special Meeting of the Board on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 beginning at 6:30 PM at the Arcola Intermediate School auditorium. No other school board business will take place that evening.
    • Candidates will pick a number from a hat for interview order.
    • The Board will ask the same questions to each candidate.
    • Each interview candidate will have the same amount of time for response to each question within the overall time limit. (Estimated between 10-15 minutes total for each candidate/interview)
    • The Board will discuss the candidates once all interviews are complete.
    • The Board will take motion/action for appointment.