West Carrollton schools is looking to fill an upcoming vacancy on its board of education. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Filing snafus prompt West Carrollton school board to fill vacancy

The district, which includes parts of Miami Twp. and Moraine, posted a notice on its website that the board is looking to appoint a new member for the second time in four years.

The vacancy for the seat now held by Joe Cox was created after Cox and another aspiring candidate - Nathaniel Mundy - failed to collect enough valid signatures to get their names on the ballot, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Cox and Mundy fell just shy of the 75 minimum valid signatures needed to be considered for the two seats, one of which was won Tuesday night by incumbent Donald Henry, according to the board of elections.

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A similar scenario occurred in 2015, when incumbent Debbie Bobbitt failed to collect the minimum number of signatures, resulting in the board making an appointment.

The board chose Bobbitt, but it prompted an election for that seat two years later, and Cox edged her by 2 percent of ballots cast, according to the board of elections.

As in the situation four years ago, the candidate selected by the board of education will serve a two-year term starting Jan. 1, according to the school district.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident and registered voter in the West Carrollton City School District for at least 30 days prior to appointment, according to the district.

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The application can be found on the West Carrollton School District website, www.westcarrolltonschools.com, under the District News tab on the home page.

All applicants are to submit an application in writing or e-mail by Dec. 6. Contact information is as follows: Andrea Townsend, Superintendent, West Carrollton Schools, 430 E. Pease Ave., West Carrollton, OH 45449, atownsend@wcsd.k12.oh.us.

All selected candidates will be interviewed in December in an executive session, according to the school district.

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