McDonald BOE seeks replacement

McDONALD — The school board is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy now that board president Kevin O’Connell has resigned.

The board Monday accepted O’Connell’s resignation effective the same day. He was in the first year of a four-year term after winning re-election in November 2015.

Applications to fill the void will be accepted at the board office through Dec. 5, and must be put to the attention of board vice president John Saganich. Interviews will be done on Dec. 14, and a replacement is expected to be named when the board meets on Dec. 19.

The person picked will serve through December 2017, but must run again in November of that year to serve the remaining two years of the term.

A message seeking comment was left with O’Connell, a former teacher in McDonald who now is an elementary principal at Maplewood Local Schools. He did not attend the meeting. Board members would only say his resignation was for personal reasons.

The board also approved an agreement with First Baptist Church of McDonald to purchase 36.6 acres of land for $225,000 near McDonald Avenue Extension and Olive Street between Second and Third streets, possibly for an athletic complex in the future.

“The board felt through our negotiations this was a good price for the property. We are very happy with this and what the land can offer for us,” Saganich said.

Board members have discussed maybe locating an athletic complex on the site, but indicated environmental testing and surveying needs done to determine if the property is suitable for that use.

The property has more than 14 lots available if the district wants to proceed with the complex or goes another direction, said board member Thomas Hannon.

“This was a business move for the schools,” Hannon said.

Voters in the district earlier this month approved a levy renewal levy to support the new facility.