Appointment Process for Board of Education
APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY
The Westside Community Schools Board of Education is no longer acception applications from District residents interested in serving on the Board of Education to fill a vacancy. Appointment will be for the remainder of the vacant seat, which runs through May 31, 2018. The following details the process in which a new board member will be named.
Legal Requirements: An applicant must be a registered voter residing in the Westside Community Schools school district.
Time Commitment: Board meetings are generally twice a month with extended time required for preparation prior to meetings, along with any other scheduled meetings, training, and seminars as well as attendance and involvement in District activities and with the community.
Interested persons must submit a letter to the Board of Education that contains:
- Name and address.
- A statement as to whether you are a registered voter and reside in the District.
- Describe why you are interested in serving as a school board member.
- Describe your previous professional and/or volunteer activities in the local community, as well as involvement in District activities, programs or groups that support Westside Community Schools.
- What specific talents, experience or expertise do you feel you would you bring to the Board?
- Describe what you perceive to be the success, strengths, and challenges of the District, and what are some ways that you as a Board member would contribute to its further success?
- What goals would you like to see the board accomplish? If selected, how will you be able to help work toward those goals? What would you like to see the District and the Board accomplish over the next two years (or in the near-term and longer-term)?
- Describe your availability to commit the necessary time to a position of this nature.
- What experience do you have on the governing board or board of directors of any organization or relatable leadership experience?
- What vision do you have for our district?
- Describe how you view the role of the board and the role of the superintendent, and the interaction between the two.
- An enclosed resume containing educational and any professional experience.
Applications must be submitted (either by U. S. mail or in person) by the deadline* to:
David Williams, President – Board of Education
909 So. 76th Street,
Omaha, NE 68114
*Applications must be received in the Superintendent’s Office no later than September 2,
2016 at 4 p.m. in order to be considered.
Applications received in the Superintendent’s Office after 4 p.m. on September 2, 2016, will not be considered (including any application sent via mail prior to the deadline but not received by the Superintendent’s Office until after 4:00 p.m. on September 2, 2016).
After September 2nd applicants are not permitted to discuss applications or the appointment process with individual board members. Questions should be directed to the Office of the Superintendent (402) 290-2105.
Names of applicants and information submitted are public records in accordance with Nebraska laws. Interviews will be conducted by the board at a public board meeting.
Procedures for Appointment
- The names of all candidates who timely submitted their application shall be announced at the September 6 board meeting.
- In the event that more than four persons have timely submitted applications for appointment, the Board, at its September 19, 2016, meeting, shall reduce the field by nominating, on a signed written nominating ballot and in no particular order, four candidates from the announced field of candidates. In the event four or fewer persons have timely submitted applications, such nomination process is not necessary and does not occur. The board also shall have the option at any time to vote on whether or not to re-open the application process and accept additional applications.
- If the nomination process occurs, nominating ballots will be tallied and the names of the four applicants receiving the most nominations will be announced by the Board President.
- The board president shall thereafter contact the candidates, and, if applicable, notify each of the nomination results. The board shall conduct public interviews and the board president shall notify the candidates of the date of their interview. The board may request that additional information be submitted by the candidates at any time.
- Interviews shall be conducted at one or more special board meetings of the Board of Education after September 19, 2016. Candidates will be asked to make a maximum five minute statement concerning their qualifications, followed by questions from the Board.
- Election of the new board member shall take place at the October 3, 2016, board meeting. Election shall be by motion and roll call vote. Voting will continue until one candidate receives a majority vote of the remaining members of the board.