VALPARAISO | Center Township residents interested in being appointed to the school board now have several ways to apply for the job.
The township board will make its quadrennial appointment to the position now held by Mark Maassel at a special meeting at 7 p.m. June 20 in the commissioners' chambers at the Porter County Administration Center. The township appoints one school board member, and the city Council appoints the other four, one each year.
Township Trustee Chuck Conover announced this week residents can submit applications by stopping by the township offices at 100 Lincolnway, suite 204, in Valparaiso or by going online to www.centertownshiptrustee.org. People can also request an application by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submitting an application is 11:30 a.m. May 30.
Following the deadline, the township board will hold an executive session at 9 a.m. June 5 in the township office to review the applications and choose the finalists. The finalists will be interviewed at the public session June 20 before a vote is taken on the appointment.
To be eligible to serve on the school board, a person must be at least 18 and have their primary residence in the township. An application must be submitted in order to be considered for appointment.
The city council also is accepting applications. A person must be a resident of the city and over 18 for this position. The council will hold a public session on the appointment at its April 22 meeting to get the residents' input on the qualifications for the job and what they see as the main issues the board should address.
Deadline to apply for the city's position now held by Jim Jorgensen is May 31. Although the law specifies the board is to be bipartisan, people of any party are eligible because the remaining members of the current board are a Democrat, two Republicans and an Independent.
The council will meet and choose the finalists, who will be interviewed by the council at a public meeting June 10. A second interview session will be held June 24 at which the public will be allowed to ask questions of the finalists. The council is expected to vote on the appointment at its regular meeting following that session.