School board to choose new member to fill vacancy

The Juneau School Board will appoint a new member Tuesday to replace Kim Poole, who recently resigned.

The board had 30 days to replace Poole, who submitted her resignation on Nov. 13 and moved to Oklahoma to work in a family business.

Six people have applied for the seat, including two school board candidates in the fall municipal election.

Michelle Johnston and Will Muldoon were among five who ran for the board in October.  On Election Day, Johnston received 12 percent of the vote, and Muldoon, 16 percent.

Current board members interviewed the six for the vacant position on Monday.

In addition to Johnston and Muldoon, Myrna Gardner, Janice Hotch, Jennifer LaRoe and Lisa Worl hope to be the nominee.

School District spokeswoman Kristin Bartlett says the board will vote a secret ballot at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

“There will not be an executive session; it will all be done in public,” Bartlett says.  “They’ll have a ballot and it may take more than one vote because there are so many candidates.  But it will all be done at the board meeting in public.

All the education board candidates but Muldoon either have or have had children in Juneau schools.