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Janice Bolin chosen by Park Hill board

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

A new board member was selected on Thursday to fill the open seat on the Park Hill School Board.

Janice Bolin was nominated with a vote of 5-1 on Thursday. Bolin will officially be sworn in during the Thursday, Sept. 25 meeting.

The board had interviewed seven candidates on Saturday, Sept. 6, after narrowing the field from the original 18 candidates who applied for the open seat.

On Thursday, a motion was made by Ron Schieber and then seconded by Denise Schnell to appoint Bolin to the open seat.

The board then voted with John Thomas, president; Schnell, Laurie Burgess, Schieber, and Bob Weidt voting in favor of appointing Bolin. Board member Fred Sanchez voted against the appointment.

During the meeting, Sanchez later said he fully supports the decision of the board. After the meeting Sanchez refused to make a comment about his vote.

According to the resume submitted by Bolin to the board, she is a certified public accountant and is currently vice president of George K. Baum & Company. She has been at the company since 2001.

Bolin also lists experience with the PTA of Linden West Elementary in the North Kansas City School District and with the PTA in the Park Hill School District. Bolin has also been involved with the Futura Futbol Club and SPCAA.

She is also a volunteer with the Heart of America United Way and on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

There was previously some question by board members about whether Bolin fit the criteria to be on the board because she only moved to the district in December of 2007. However, Dennis Fisher, superintendent, told the board that Missouri Statutes only require a candidate be a resident of Missouri for one year.

The board originally appointed a subcommittee made up of Thomas, Schnell, and Weidt to go through the 18 candidates and narrow the list to around seven. The subcommittee with Fisher met on Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 a.m. at the Corner Café in Riverside to discuss the candidates.

The full board then held an interview session on Saturday, Sept. 6 to interview the seven candidates the subcommittee chose. There was no discussion of candidates individually before a motion was made on Thursday to appoint Bolin.

After being sworn in, Bolin will serve on the board until the election in April 2009.

The open seat was vacated by Mike Otto after he accepted a position as a principal in the Raytown School District.


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