CHARLOTTESVILLE — The Eastern Hancock School Board is accepting letters of interest to fill outgoing board member Terry Jilg’s seat and hopes to have the position filled by the end of the month.
An engineer with Rolls-Royce Corp., Jilg stepped away from his position effective March 31, citing conflicts with his work schedule, EH Superintendent Randy Harris said.
“Because of his work-related schedule, he just felt it was best for himself, his family and Eastern Hancock to step down,” Harris said.
Jilg was nine months short of finishing his second four-year term. He joined the board in 2006 as its second at-large member and established himself as a steady, methodical and analytical board member.
“He was an engineer and a numbers man,” said board president Scott Petry. “He did a fantastic job on the board, and we hate to see him go.”
In an email statement Monday, Jilg said his nearly two terms on the board have been gratifying.
“It has been a both a pleasure and a privilege to serve on the EH School Board for the last 7½ years,” Jilg wrote. “The administrators and staff at EH are second to none and are dedicated to serving the individual needs of all students through both academics and extracurricular activities. It is through their efforts that EH provides a great education and prepares our children for life after high school.
“It has been very rewarding to be part of this team working with the staff and community to continuously improve our facility and strive for the best education of our children,” Jilg wrote.
The board will accept letters of interest up to 6 p.m. Monday.
After its regular board meeting next Monday, members will meet in a special executive session to consider how they will move forward, Harris said.
Under state law, the board has the power to select a candidate from the applicant pool at that time or decide to interview candidates at a later date.
“At that executive session, we’re allowed to review the letters of interest, and though we don’t have to interview, we probably will,” Petry said.
The vacancy has already generated several applications, “so I guess the word is getting out,” he said.
Harris said the board wants to fill the position no later than April 30 and anticipates a special board meeting will be called prior to the end of the month to vote on the selected candidate and fill the seat.
Whoever takes the position will need to begin campaigning to keep it.
The remainder of Jilg’s term expires Dec. 31, and the seat will be up for election in November.
Residents living within the Eastern Hancock school district boundaries interested in the at-large board seat should submit letters of interest to Scott Petry, school board president, Eastern Hancock Schools, 10370 E. CR 250N, Charlottesville, IN 46117 by 6 p.m. Monday.
For questions or more information about the open position, contact Harris by phone at (317) 936-5444 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested in submitting a letter of interest can obtain further information on the district’s website at www.eastern hancock.org.