GSD board decides not to fill vacant seat right now
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
Jun 28, 2014 | 652 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Gilmer School Board voted 4-1 Monday night not to appoint a trustee “at this time” to fill the vacant seat created by Mike Tackett’s recent resignation.

The board still has the options of filling the seat by appointment, or letting voters choose Tackett’s successor in next May’s board election. Tackett resigned in May effective June 7 because he accepted a job in Kerrville.

School Supt. Rick Albritton told the board Monday night he had received names of two possible replacements—Derek Moore and Lula Johnson—and board member Diedra Camp suggested another candidate, former board member Mike Waller.

Before Mrs. Camp suggested Waller, Albritton said Moore and Ms. Johnson had been on the school’s Building Committee and shown “great interest in the things that we do here.”

At one point, Board Secy. Gloria King suggested that if someone was interested in filling the vacancy, that person could perhaps appear before the board and say why. Board President Jeff Rash said, “That’s a great idea.”

But Trustee Todd Tefteller said he thought it would be “futile” to let a prospective appointee appear before the board with his/her supporters because “I don’t see any consensus here.” Tefteller said he didn’t think there would be a “majority (vote) for anybody.”

When he moved not to fill the vacancy now, Mrs. Camp, Mrs. King and Mark Skinner joined him in approving the motion, while Rash opposed it. The board’s other member, Kenny Southwell, was absent.

Following the vote, Tefteller said the board could put the possible appointment on its next agenda. Adding that trustees were “covered up” with qualified prospects, he said, “I hate to tell anybody no, and that’s the problem.”
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