GROVE CITY – Grove City school board is in the process of filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Ray Abplanalp.

During a special meeting held Dec. 16, the motion to accept his resignation passed 5 to 0 with no discussion. President Doug Gerwick, Vice President Ryan Thomas, Heather Baker, Patty Wilson and Dr. Constance Nichols were at the meeting.

J. Scott Somora, Dr. Armando Sciullo and Lee McCracken were absent along with Abplanalp.

Abplanalp was elected to the school board for a four-year term that began in 2018 and expires Dec. 31, 2021.

District residents interested in serving on the board were asked to email Gerwick by 4 p.m. Dec. 18.

Further instructions were sent in return, like a request for information on whether the applicant has or had children in the district, employment and qualifications, Gerwick said.

The board has scheduled a special voting meeting for 7 p.m. Dec. 30 to hear from the applicants and select a new member.

Once Gerwick has collected information from the applicants, he said he would share it with the other board members in preparation for the voting meeting, which will be conducted remotely.

Thomas asked if board members could ask the candidates for clarification on certain responses when they’re interviewed during the meeting.

The candidates should note what board committee they’d be interested in representing in regards to any related skills or experience they might have, Thomas said.

Baker said the board wants the new member to be supportive of the schools and administration.

If board members are clear on whom they want to appoint to the vacancy, they can move right into the vote without discussion, especially if there is only one applicant, said Andrew Evankovich, district solicitor.

He reminded board members that it is illegal to discuss a board vacancy in executive session.

The district will provide connection information for the meeting and the agenda and a link to sign up for public comment will be posted on its website at

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