Six apply to fill vacant seat on Lindbergh school board

Fabick first elected to board in 2006, re-elected in 2009.


Six people, including a former board member and a former district principal, have applied for a vacant seat on the Lindbergh Board of Education.

The Board of Education is scheduled to interview the six candidates and select one to fill the seat previously held by Janine Fabick during a special meeting today — July 8. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom of the Administration Building, 4900 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

Former Board of Education member Larry McIntosh, who served two terms from 1998 to 2004, and Joseph Sartorius, who served as principal of Sappington Elementary School from 1989 to 2004, are among the six people who are seeking to fill the seat vacated by Fabick in May. Also seeking to fill the seat are:

• Eric Bierling of Fenton.

• Helen Ingold of Crestwood.

• Gerry Munger of Sunset Hills.

• Dr. George Rezabek of Sunset Hills.

The Board of Education will interview the six who have applied for the vacancy in alphabetical order during 15-minute blocks beginning at 6:40 p.m.

Those applying were asked to submit a letter stating their qualifications and their reasons for wishing to serve. They also were asked to provide information about any family member or relative currently employed by the district and to respond to eight questions, including whether they would seek election to the board next April if they were selected to serve.

Of the six candidates, three — Bierling, Ingold and Rezabek — said they would seek election in April while Sartorius stated he would be “very interested” in seeking election in April. Munger stated, “I would prefer to serve in an interim capacity and not to run in the next election cycle,” while McIntosh stated, “… I would evaluate that early next year, but as of now, the answer would be no, I do not intend to seek election in April 2011.”

Fabick’s replacement will take the oath of office at the board’s regular meeting on July 13. Fabick first was elected to the school board in 2006 and was re-elected in 2009. The person selected to fill Fabick’s vacant seat will serve until next April when four seats will be up for election.

Seats held by board Secretary Kathleen Kienstra, board Treasurer Mark Rudoff and member Don Bee that carry three-year terms will be up for election in April along with the seat vacated by Fabick that will carry a one-year term.