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July 12, 2014

District to pick one of 3 nominees

CLINTON — The way Clinton School Board President Jim McGraw sees it, the district has three good options to fill vacated board member Devin Guillory’s seat.

“I just wish that we could put all three of them on the board because they’re all very capable people,” he said.

During Monday’s school board meeting, only one will make it through a board vote, however. McGraw said board members will submit names and the leading vote-getter will serve the one-year remainder of Guillory’s term.

At the beginning of the month, business manager Cindy McAleer said three people submitted their names for the seat. All of them are former board members — Missey Sullivan-Pope, Steve Luett and Mercia Wolf. The board must appoint one during this month’s meeting, otherwise Guillory’s seat will be opened for a public election.

McGraw said it’s important for the district’s continuity that someone with prior experience will most likely be approved. While there will be some catching up, McGraw said it’s great that three people continually interested in the district are willing to come forward.

“It’s wonderful that we would have the opportunity to have a board member that, given a couple weeks or a month or so, can get up to speed but has the understanding of what our goals are and what direction the district is going,” he said.

There have been a few changes since the last election in 2013, McGraw added, but for the most part, all three board members should be able to manage the task.

The biggest adjustment will be losing Guillory’s mindset. The former LyondellBasell chemical engineer accepted a job in Saudi Arabia in June. McGraw said Guillory had a thoughtful approach and was conscientious of long-term analysis.

“Certainly there will be somewhat of an adjustment,” McGraw said. “We’re talking about Devin Guillory who did a lot of thinking. He was analytical in his approach to problems. He used his background in industry. The three candidates are not in that position but they’re very capable people.”

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