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7 apply for Hartselle school board spot
City Council to interview for vacant position on Jan. 18; sessions to be open to public

By Deangelo McDaniel
dmcdaniel@decaturdaily.com 340-2469

HARTSELLE — Wanted: Energetic person to work for free who must have the skills to persuade voters to pass a 12.5-mill tax increase in 2007.

That's, in part, what City Council members said they will look for when they interview seven applicants to fill a vacant spot on the Hartselle city school board.

"Whoever we appoint is going to have a tall order ahead of them," Council President Kenny Thompson said, referring to the school system's campaign to pass a tax increase for a new Hartselle High.

The council will conduct interviews Jan. 18 beginning at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The interviews are open to the public.

The applicants include Nicole Mashburn, Larry Bennich Jr., Kerry W. Hill, Dr. James Joy, Willie C. Jones, Bruyne Rollins and Cynthia D. Smothers. Rodney Stansberry withdrew his application because his wife is a school system employee.

Dr. Joy, a dentist, served one term on the board before the previous city administration replaced him with attorney Jeff Gray.

The successful applicant will replace Greg Cain, who resigned after Morgan County voters elected him probate judge in November's general election.

He takes office Jan. 16 and will serve on the Hartselle board through Sunday.

Cain succeeds longtime Probate Judge Bobby Day, who is retiring and who lost his bid for state senator to corporate attorney Arthur Orr.

The council appointed Cain to a five-year term on the Hartselle school board in June 2003.

His replacement will serve until June 2008.

It will be this city administration's fourth school board appointment. It has appointed Jennifer Sittason to serve the balance of Ronnie Abercrombie's term and reappointed Kathy White Goodwin and Gray for second five-year terms.

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