GREENFIELD — Newly elected members of the Greenfield-Central School Board took their oaths of office at the first meeting of the year Monday, but one new member was unexpectedly absent from the proceedings.
Willie McKinney, who was appointed last month to replace an outgoing board member, stepped down from the position hours before what would have been his first meeting.
McKinney sent called corporation Superintendent Linda Gellert Monday afternoon, then sent a follow-up email stating that “after much thought and unforeseen circumstances,” he had decided to decline the appointment. He apologized for the inconvenience but offered no further explanation.
The board had picked McKinney, an accountant for Kemper CPA in Greenfield, to replace outgoing board member Kent Fisk. Fisk, who represented District 2. Fisk, left the board to take a seat on the Hancock County Council. Fisk had two years remaining in his term as a school board member.
The board continued regular business with only four board members. Returning board members Retta Livengood and Dan Leary welcomed new board members Ray Kerkhof and Kathy Dowling, who were elected in November.
The board is now accepting applications for a new District 2 representative. Resumes should be sent to corporation attorney Dan Strahl at 8 W. Main Street, Greenfield. Those interested have until 4 p.m. Jan. 25 to apply. Applicants must live in District 2 to be eligible.