Walla Walla School Board to fill vacant post this month

Applications are sought to replace Max Carrera, who resigned.

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WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla School Board has begun taking applications to fill the board post vacated by this week’s resignation of Max Carrera.

The board tentatively is scheduled to appoint Carrera’s successor later this month to fill the remainder of his four-year term through November 2015, according to a media release.

His resignation was effective Thursday.

Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Aug. 16. Forms are available on the district’s website at www.wwps.org or at the district office, 364 S. Park St.

The board then will hold a closed, executive session at 3 p.m. on Aug. 20 to screen applications before a regular board meeting at 4 p.m. that day at which finalists will be announced.

A special meeting tentatively has been set for Aug. 27 from 9:30 a.m.-noon to interview finalists and select the new board member, who is expected to be sworn into office at the regular board meeting Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Another current board member, Dan Hess, is not seeking re-election and will leave office after the Nov. 5 General Election is certified.

Brent Barberich, Joshua Gonzales and Sam Wells filed for election to the four-year term, but Barberich later dropped out.

All of their names appear on the ballot in next Tuesday’s primary election, however, because Barberich’s withdrawal came too late to have his name removed. The top two vote-getters will advance to the General Election.

School district spokesman Mark Higgins told the Union-Bulletin that Gonzales and Wells are eligible to apply for appointment to Carrera’s position if they want to seek an alternate method of becoming a board member.

Gonzales said in an interview Thursday he will not be applying, although it was tempting.

Taking office later in the year ­— should he win the election to Hess’ spot — would fit better with his schedule, Gonzales explained.

Also, “I have committed going for the election process” and doing otherwise would be a disservice to it, he said.

Wells said he hasn’t made a final decision whether to apply for Carrera’s post.

“I’m committed to what I’m doing (running for election to Hess’ position).” But he added he wants to analyze results of the primary before he makes up his mind.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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