Board to interview candidates to fill vacant seat

Candidates for a vacant seat on the Mehlville Board of Education were scheduled to be interviewed this week.

Interviews with the nine applicants were scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library of Mehlville Senior High School, 3200 Lemay Ferry Road.

The board is seeking someone to fill the seat vacated by former board member Micheal Ocello, who resigned in April. Whoever is appointed will serve until next April, when the seat is up for election for a three-year term.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today — June 30 — in the Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road, to review the candidates and decide on the appointment.

If needed, the board will conduct a second round of interviews with candidates Thursday at the same time and place. If that is the case, the board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, in the Administration Building to decide on the appointment.

The candidates, in the order which they applied and will be interviewed, are: Ken Leach, David Wessel, Michael Gindler, Greg Frigerio, Timothy Champion, Marea Kluth-Hoppe, Fred Padberg, Aaron Hilmer and Ronald Fedorchak.

Another candidate, Gary “Brit” Rose, who was the first to apply, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

The board agreed to conduct 20-minute interviews, during which the candidates will make opening and closing statements and will be asked a series of prepared questions by the board.

The district’s human resources department was expected to craft interview questions based on topics board members suggested during a recent meeting.

Among the topics put forward: district finances and funding; curriculum and student achievement; and the board’s relationship with its members, the administration, district staff and community.