Last night at the School Board meeting I asked for the candidate applications for the Rose Hall District School Board appointment be posted on the VB Schools website. I was told that due to ADA compliance requirements for VBCPS they aren't able to post them. So, I am posting them here for the public to review. Our SB Attorney has stated they can be made public. After the events of the last few days I think it is important to be as transparent as possible and to give the public every opportunity to be informed of this process.
To be qualified to be appointed to the position, a person must be a qualified voter in the district they will be representing and also reside in the district in which they are representing.
Per the voter registrar, Ms. Owens who is one of the applicants, did not meet the qualification of being a qualified voter in the Rose Hall District when she submitted her application. After she was notified of this, she changed her voting district to be in compliance with the requirement. For this reason, I am very hesitant to consider her for the position. I would like to know how the public feels about this topic.
Please provide feedback to the board if you have any questions, comments or concerns. email@example.com. We will be voting on the appointment on May 28th.
While I believe that both candidates have served students and families in our community, it is also important to me to remember why we are in the position now of having to appoint a new member.
Joel McDonald was forced to vacate his seat after he moved out of the district and didn't notify anyone of that fact. He lived out of the district for approximately 18 months.