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Saucon Valley School Board member resigns, replacement sought

By Brittany Foster, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jun 11 2013 09:09:25 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 08:07:20 AM CDT
HELLERTOWN, Pa. -

Saucon Valley School Board member Sharon Stack submitted her resignation from the board, effective Wednesday.

Stack will be moving to Dallas after serving on the Saucon Valley School Board since 2007.  Her resignation opens up a seat on the board which must be filled within 30 days. 

Stack's term was slated to run through 2015; however, the board will appoint a replacement member to hold the seat until the municipal election in November.

There was some debate amongst the board members on the method of appointing.

Board member Lanita Lum advocated against allowing any candidate for the school board on the November ballot to be appointed as the interim member.

The school board solicitor responded that they would be unable to make that rule in the selection process. Lum's fellow board member Susan Baxter pointed out that Lum was already an official candidate for the school board when she was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2009. Lum argued the difference was that she was running unopposed in that election.

The floor was opened to community members for input on the process. One attendee suggested appointing the second highest vote receiver from the May primary election, as that individual had garnered public support but would not be a choice on the November ballot.

The board voted eight to one in favor of advertising the vacancy and accepting applications from anyone who met  the school district residency requirement and submitted their resume by noon on Friday, June 20.

November candidates are eligible to apply and despite some board members' suggestion, there is no requirement for previous meeting attendance.

In previous cases of school board resignations, the local Democrat and Republican parties worked together to find a mutually agreeable candidate to place on the November election. Stack's resignation also opened up three committee seats.

Since there is no meeting of the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School Committee until August, the board voted to table naming a replacement until they found an appointee for Stack's seat.

The board voted to approve Lanita Lum to represent Saucon Valley School District at the Pennsylvania School Board Association and Sandra Miller as the Saucon Valley for Educational Innovation representative.

Saucon Valley School Board will hold their next meeting on June 25 at 7pm where they will appoint Stack's replacement.