Evergreen school district will interview to fill vacancy on board

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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The four remaining members of the Evergreen school board will meet Tuesday to interview candidates for an open spot on the board.

The special meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the district’s administrative service center, 13501 N.E. 28th St., in the Green Complex large conference room.

Seven people applied; four were chosen for interviews.

The interviews will be in a public meeting. However, the board will meet in closed executive session to discuss the candidates’ qualifications, a permitted exemption to the state’s open meetings act.

The board intends to vote Feb. 28, then have the new member sworn in at its March 13 meeting.

The vacancy was created when Troy Thomas resigned Jan. 10.

Thomas was appointed to the five-member board in 2004, then elected in 2005 and 2009. He represented Director District 1, in the northwest corner of the Evergreen school district. Thomas just finished a stint as board president.

The position pays $50 a day per meeting or board-approved event, up to $4,800 a year; some board members don’t take the money.