New: School board to interview all candidates for vacant seat

The nine candidates seeking appointment to a vacant seat on the Mehlville Board of Education could know who gets the job as early as the day after they’re interviewed.

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.

Board members will interview all nine candidates beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in the library of Mehlville Senior High School, 3200 Lemay Ferry Road.

The board will then meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 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 June 30 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Another candidate, Gary “Brit” Rose, who was the first person to apply for the seat, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Candidates each will participate in a 20-minute interview, during which they will make opening and closing statements and will be asked a series of prepared questions by the board.

The district’s human resources department will craft the questions based on topics board members suggested during a special meeting Saturday.

Read more about the forthcoming interview process in next week’s Call.