Applicants file for Fischer's seat
With the application period closing at 4 p.m. Wednesday, three applicants have entered their names for consideration for the Rochester School Board seat recently vacated by Cris Fischer.
One candidate, Bill Moe, failed to advance in the August school board primary, garnering 23 percent of the vote in the Seat Two race in which Richard Hinds and Gary W. Smith advanced. Moe also fell short in a bid for the school board in 2008.
Also applying was Jean Locke, who has led operating levy booster groups in Rochester and served on a budget-reduction task force in 2009.
Another applicant is Mary Ellen Landwehr, who retired in April from Mayo Clinic, where she was an administrator for 26 years, including for the Mayo School for Graduate Medical Education. She is also the secretary of the board for Choral Arts Ensemble.
Fischer, whose term expires in 2012, resigned from the board last month.
Completed applications must be filed with district Business Services Assistant Laurie Handlogten, Room 121, Edison Building, 615 Seventh St. S.W. Handlogten can be reached by phone at 328-4210.
Review and screening of applications will take place Nov. 8-12. The screening committee will comprise the six currently seated board members and the four board members-elect whom voters choose in the Nov. 2 election.
With the application period extending until Nov. 3, candidates who fall short in the general election could get a second chance at a board seat if they submit applications to be considered for Fischer's seat.
Finalists will be selected Nov. 12. Interviews are scheduled for Nov. 16, with the board expected to approve the selected candidate the same day.
The board's choice for the position will be sworn in during the regular board meeting on Nov. 23.