VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso City Council's planned Monday executive session to narrow down the candidates for the annual Valparaiso Community Schools Board appointment to at least three wasn't needed.
The session was canceled after only four people applied for the position and one of those did not live within the city's boundaries, as required. Councilman Michael Baird, the council's liaison to the schools, said, under state law, the council must interview all three.
That will be done at a public meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the City Council chambers. Each interview will last 45 minutes with the council asking all the questions. A second round of interviews will be conducted two weeks later at which the public will be invited to ask questions of the candidates.
"We are pleased to have the applications," Baird said. "Certainly, as important as we think the School Board's role is in the community and with some of the challenges that will be coming before the board in the next couple of years, we would have like to have had more applicants.
"I'm a little disappointed we got only three," he said. "There are all kinds of people out there who think they know what the schools should be doing differently, but we don't hear from them when they are in a position to do something about it."
The names of the three candidates will not be released until Monday's meeting, city and school Attorney David Hollenbeck said. The position is held by Jim Jorgensen, who could not be reached. Baird said he's anxious to continue the process next week.
"As always, we consider this to be one of if not the most important thing we do, so I will be eager to hear what the three have to say about why they should be on the board."