Point to Remember: elected officials serve at the leisure of the electorate. The district should send out a press release notifying the media of the member's departure, and should make the school community aware of the shortage by placing the information openly on district webpage.
#2. The Board of Education ought to immediately remove the superintendent from any discussion related to their options to replace the member.
Point to Remember: The superintendent works for the community through the elected body called the Board of Education.
#3 The Board of Education can:
Option (a) call for a special election within 90 days after the vacancy- the most democratic model to follow.
Option (b) appoint a person to the board- the least democratic model.
Option (c) If the seat remains open for more than 90 days, then the district superintendent (ERIE I BOCES) can fill by appointment. This would be Donald Ogilvie, unless Buffalo snatches him up before in the next 89 days.- autocratic model.
#4. The person elected or appointed to the the vacancy takes office immediately upon filing the oath of office (to uphold the US Constitution and the NYS Constitution...perhaps Dr. Harper realised that wasn't possible on the Hamburg Board of Education?)
So readers what will it be: option a, b, or c?
If you choose option b, who would be your choice for appointment? Remember, experience counts.