The Sparta School District received five applications for the school board seat vacated by Eric Solberg last month.
One of the applicants is John Hendricks, the former Sparta school superintendent and Sparta Chamber of Commerce executive.
The other applicants are Kelly Anderson, Anthony Scholze, Patrick McKenna and Misty Morales.
The five are scheduled to be interviewed on Thursday, Oct. 14. The appointment will be made by a majority vote of the school board.
While the deadline to apply for Solberg’s seat was last Friday, the school board also is accepting applications to fill the seat left vacant by the recent resignation of Nancy Sikorsky.
Sikorsky submitted her resignation on Wednesday, Oct. 6, citing an unsafe and unproductive atmosphere existing in the Sparta School District since the school board voted 4-2 to reinstate a mask mandate on Sept. 8.
She and Solberg, who also voted for the mask mandate, were targets of a recall effort since they were the only two board members who voted in the majority and had served over a year in their present term, a requirement to be eligible for recall.
Solberg resigned his seat a month ago. The school board will choose applicants by majority vote to fill out the remaining 18 months of each term, which ends with the April 2023 election.
The process for filling Sikorsky’s seat is described in Board Policy Article 0142.5:
All applicants will be notified in writing of the Board's decision. The candidate appointed to the vacancy upon being notified of the selection shall be deemed to have accepted the appointment unless, within five (5) days thereafter, the person files with the Board Clerk or Board President a written refusal to serve.
Pending acceptance and filing the oath of office and Campaign Registration Statement, the appointed Board member shall be seated at the next meeting of the Board. The Board President will assign the appointee to a standing committee and other delegated responsibilities as necessary. Within ten (10) days after the appointment, the Board Clerk will report the name and post-office address of the new member to the clerk and treasurer of each municipality having territory in the school District.
Interested individuals should contact the School District Office at Maplewood, 900 E Montgomery Street, Sparta, WI 54656, or call (608) 366-3400, where applications are available. All applications and/or letters of interest are to be received by the District Office at Maplewood by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.