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CHARLOTTESVILLE — Next week, the Eastern Hancock School Board will interview three applicants who submitted letters of interest to fill the empty seat left by resigning board member Terry Jilg. The board could fill the vacancy by Tuesday.

Intending to fill the vacancy by month’s end, the board took letters of interest for the at-large seat through the end of the day Monday and then met in executive session after its regular meeting that evening to review the applicants.

Under state law, the board had the power to select a candidate from the applicant pool at that time or decide to interview candidates at a later date.

Petry indicated the board would most likely interview the candidates, and though the names of those interested in the position were not disclosed, Petry said the field was solid.

“You could throw all three names into a hat, reach in and pick one, and you’d have a good board member,” Petry said.

Superintendent Randy Harris said the board will interview the prospective members in a closed, executive session Monday evening and then have public meeting at 6 a.m. Tuesday at the EH administration building to vote on the new board member.

“My anticipation is there will be one order of business,” Harris said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a motion a second and someone will get a majority.”

Harris said the early-morning meeting was scheduled to avoid scheduling conflicts on short notice and enable a majority of board members to attend.

EH’s decision to hold the interviews during an executive session is in contrast to last year’s appointment of board members in the Southern Hancock and Greenfield-Central districts.

In February 2013, Steve Menser was selected to replace Kent Fisk, who had stepped down to sit on the Hancock County Council.

Three candidates were interviewed as a panel during a special public interview where all candidates answered the same questions.

Craig Wagoner was picked to replace outgoing Southern Hancock School Board member Meghan Morrison last June after the board held interviews and discussion at a public meeting.

Jilg was nine months short of finishing his second four-year term. He joined the board in 2006 and established himself as a steady, methodical and analytical board member.

  Jilg’s term expires Dec. 31. The seat will be up for election in November.

   An engineer with Rolls-Royce Corp., Jilg resigned from the school board effective March 31, citing conflicts with his work schedule.

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