Four apply for board seat

Published 3:21 pm Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Four people have applied to temporarily fill the unexpired term of District Four representative Cynthia Morgan on the Cumberland County School Board. The board will vote on an interim replacement during a special meeting Thursday at 6 p.m.

Ralph Beverly, Jenna Finnegan, Julie Pfeiffer and George Reid have applied to serve, according to School Board Clerk Dr. Elizabeth Jamerson. Applicants must reside in District Four.

The interim appointment would expire Dec. 31, according to Jamerson.

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“Whoever wins in the November election would start to serve (on Jan. 1),” Jamerson said.

Morgan resigned in July after serving about six months on the board. According to the July 11 school board meeting agenda, Morgan “submitted her letter of resignation effective immediately.”

In November, Morgan received a majority of write-in votes for the District Four school board seat. No name appeared on the race’s ballot after Reid — who previously served District Four — decided not to seek re-election.

More than 160 write-in votes were cast in the race, according to Marlene Watson, the Cumberland County registrar.

“It was a pleasure to work with her and we wish her well on her future endeavors,” Ginger Sanderson, District One representative and school board chairman, said of Morgan.

“I enjoyed working with Ms. Morgan and will miss her service on the board,” Division Superintendent Dr. Amy Griffin said. “She brought the perspective of a parent and the experience of an alumna.”

During the board’s July 11 meeting, members approved Morgan’s resignation and approved a process to appoint an interim District Four member. According to a public notice, letters and resumes for those interested were due by Aug. 1. A public hearing on the selection of a candidate was held at the board’s Aug. 8 meeting at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland High/Middle School cafetorium.