Kennedy files for return to school board

Friday, November 13, 2009

A fourth Marshall County resident has applied to be elected to the school board by county commissioners when they meet on Nov. 23.

She's Barbara Kennedy, a former member of the Board of Education who wants to succeed Todd Tietgens who resigned from his 6th District seat.

"I have experience on the board which would simplify the transition during this interim term," Kennedy wrote to County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett in a Nov. 9 e-mail that wasn't forwarded to County Clerk Daphne Fagan until about two hours before the deadline for applications.

If there is no other applicant for the seat - interested parties may appear at the commissioners' meeting and ask to be considered - then Kennedy will face Dee Dee Sale who also filed a letter with Liggett's office.

Both women seek to succeed a man who resigned amid a dispute over the employment of now-former schools Director Stan Curtis.

Commissioners will also be asked to fill the 2nd District seat on the board vacated by Mark Wilkerson who said he was resigning so he could take another job with General Motors in Kansas City.

Applicants for the 2nd District seat are Steven Anglin and Harvey E. Jones Jr.

Like other applicants who want to serve during the interim period left in the recently resigned school board members' terms, Kennedy has pointed out in her application letter that she is a parent of school-age children.

"As the mother of four school-age children," Kennedy wrote, "I certainly have a vested interest in the success of our school system."

The interim terms of office for the next board members from Districts 2 and 6 will be until the result of the next county general election. It's on Aug. 5, 2010.