Three people apply for vacant school board seat; Candidates will be interviewed in open session by current board members
A loan supervisor, an ordained pastor and a retired professor have applied for the vacant position on the Roswell school board.
Applications to fill the seat vacated by former Roswell Independent School District board member Nicole R. Austin were due by 4 p.m. Friday.
Austin, the school board’s former president, resigned abruptly from the school board July 28.
Those who applied for the District 2 position were Pamela K. Boyd, Barbara R. Norfor and Kathleen M. Pittman.
Notably absent from the applicants was Louis R. Mestas, who ran against Austin in the Feb. 7 school board races, and lost 424 to 322 votes.
The school board’s four existing members — board president Mona Kirk, vice president Ruben James Sanchez, secretary Alan Gedde and board member James Edwards — will interview the three applicants and select a new member.
The interviews, to take place in open session, have not yet been scheduled.
The appointed school board member will then serve the remainder of the two-year term to which Austin was elected in February.
Austin was elected to a two-year term on Feb. 7, completing the four-year term of former board member James W. Waldrip, who resigned in the fall of 2015 due to health issues.
In Boyd’s résumé, she said she is an operations supervisor at Farm Credit of New Mexico. She previously worked as an assistant president of operations at Pioneer Bank.
Boyd, who attended Roswell High School, has also been a bank audit officer, senior savings officer, new accounts supervisor and teller.
In Norfor’s résumé, she said she is an ordained senior pastor at New Life Church of Roswell, a community volunteer, a former RISD parent and student advocate with budget and organizational experience.
Norfor, who was an RISD employee for 20 years ending in September 2012, said she has “a desire to strengthen the relationship between the school district and the community.”
In Pittman’s résumé, she said she is a retired associate professor from Eastern New Mexico University, who was tenured in 2008 before her retirement in May 2016. Before becoming a college professor, Pittman, a 1963 graduate of Roswell High School, was a school teacher in Alabama.
Pittman said she has been involved in numerous community activities since returning to Roswell in 2005.
Interim superintendent Susan Sanchez has said the school board has 45 days from the date of Austin’s July 28 resignation to fill the District 2 position.
Only residents of District 2 are eligible to be appointed to the District 2 seat. District 2 lies in northwest Roswell, between Berrendo Road and West Second Street, primarily west of Main Street.
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