District looking to fill position by February

LEROY — The Pine River Area Schools Board of Education hopes to fill a vacant board seat following the resignation of board member Denise Brock.

Brock resigned from her position at the Jan. 12 meeting, stating she had moved out of the district and therefore would no longer be able to serve on the board.

Although superintendent Matthew Lukshaitis first joined the district this year, he believes Brock's presence on the board will be missed.

"I've known her to be honest, caring and compassionate," he said. "She's put in a lot of time at concession stands, works for the kids and goes above and beyond."

The district has until its Monday, Feb. 9, board meeting to fill the seat, otherwise the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District Board will designate a member. The new member will fill the position through November of 2016, when the next school election will take place.

Those interested in applying for the school board must meet eligibility requirements. The person must be at least 18 years old and a citizen of the U.S., be a registered voter in the school district, must have lived in Michigan for at least 30 days, and must be a resident of the school district on or before the 30th day prior to the appointment date.

"I certainly would aspire that next person has high integrity, is someone who does their research and examines issues, is pro-public schools and pro-students and someone who wants the district to achieve success," Lukshaitis added.

The submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. Those interested in applying can send letters of interest to James Peterson, President, Pine River Board of Education, 17445 Pine River Road, Leroy, Michigan 49655.

Once all letters of interest have been collected, the board will host open session interviews with each candidate at the 6 p.m. Feb. 9 meeting, followed by appointing the replacement.