The Mansfield school board will wait until its new member is sworn in to decide whether to hold an election or appoint someone to fill the Place 6 spot, vacated by Danny Baas in April.
Baas, 43, emailed his resignation to the school district April 16 after serving since 2011 in Place 6. He was re-elected for his second three-year term in May 2014. Baas cited “personal reasons” for his decision. He also resigned his position with the Mansfield Police Department on April 20, a job he had held for 15 years, said a city spokesperson.
“In consideration of the importance of the decision to fill the open board position, we, the board, will determine our process going forward with (Superintendent) Dr. (Jim) Vaszauskas and the new board member’s input,” school board president Michael Evans said in a press release.
Michelle Newsom and Nicole Wooldridge are running in Saturday’s election to fill Place 1 on the school board, which was vacated by Terry Moore, who chose not to seek a fourth three-year term. Beth Light is running unopposed for her fourth term in Place 2. After the election, the votes must be canvassed, and then the new trustee will be sworn in at the May 26 regular board meeting.