Columbia School Board plans to fill vacancy Tuesday night

Monday, October 29, 2012 | 2:58 p.m. CDT; updated 9:33 a.m. CST, Wednesday, December 12, 2012

*CORRECTION: Darin Preis served on the Columbia School Board from 2005 to 2008. An earlier version of this article listed incorrect years for his service.

COLUMBIA — The Columbia School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday to interview candidates interested in filling the unexpired term of Paul Cushing, whose resignation took effect Oct. 1. After the interviews, the board is scheduled to vote on a replacement.

The meeting is open to the public.

There are eight applicants, according to the Columbia Public Schools website. They are:

  • Donna Buchert: All four of her children are graduates of Columbia Public Schools, and she volunteered at each school her children attended. 
  • Rex Cone: Recently ran for the same position that Cushing filled earlier this year.
  • William Kinney: Professor at the MU School of Medicine and a small business owner.
  • Brianna Lennon: As a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, she visited weekly with a student at West Boulevard Elementary. 
  • Tim Parshall: Director of MU's Fellowships Office.
  • *Darin Preis: Served on the school board for one term, from 2005 to 2008. 
  • Vickie Rorvig: Recent retiree after 21 years of teaching elementary school.
  • Bill Tackett: Associate professor of criminal justice at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and former assistant prosecuting attorney. 

The selected applicant will hold the position until April 2013, when a school board election is scheduled. If the person appointed to replace Cushing is a candidate and wins that election, he or she would serve the final two years of Cushing's term. If a different person is elected, he or she would serve a full three-year term.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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