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June 13, 2012

Joplin School Board to begin interviews to fill open position

The Joplin Board of Education will interview applicants to fill an open seat during a special meeting at 8 a.m. today at the administration building, 3901 E. 32nd St.

Four people have applied for the position: Steve Drewes, general manager at Downstream Casino Resort; Anne Wells, a Joplin attorney; Joan Phillips, past president of the Joplin High School band booster club; and Dawn Sticklen, a freelance writer and co-owner of Sticklen and Crosthwait Law Firm.

“We need that seventh board member seated immediately,” board president Randy Steele said Wednesday.

Ashley Micklethwaite resigned last month after accepting a position with Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis. The replacement will serve the remainder of Micklethwaite’s term through April 2013. The appointed member may stand for re-election at that time.

All of the candidates with the exception of Sticklen will be interviewed today. Sticklen will be interviewed during a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Monday because of scheduling conflicts.

All applicants received questions from the board in advance, Steele said. They will be asked about their public service background, why they want to serve, what they see as the main responsibilities of the board, what they see as the district’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, and what they personally could bring to the board.

All interviews will be held in open session.

Today’s agenda also includes the purchase of 200 MacBook Air notebook computers for a total of $191,800, as well as 1,900 MacCase units for $50,160.

After the regular session, the board will go into closed session to discuss personnel. At 10 a.m., the finance committee will meet to discuss the 2012-13 budget.

Mark it down

The Joplin Board of Education plans to announce its choice for a new member at the next regular board meeting on Tuesday, June 26. The agenda calls for a work session at 5:30 p.m. and the regular session at 7 p.m. at the administration building, 3901 E. 32nd St.

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