LIMA — The Lima City Board of Education plans to appoint Sandy Monfort to its vacant position at its meeting Tuesday at Lima South Science Technology Magnet School.
Monfort was chosen from seven applicants to fill the board seat vacated by Dennis Williams on Feb. 24 because of job commitments. The board made the decision to vote on Monfort’s appointment after interviewing the candidates in executive session during a board meeting Thursday.
“All of the applicants interviewed well,” board President Michael Ley said. “They all had something to offer. The deciding factor for us was with her experience.”
Monfort was a previous school board member from 2000-09. She is employed at Coleman Professionals as a re-entry coordinator.
Gary Frueh, William Miron, Darrell Ball, Londell Smith, Chris Garlock and Marnita Nichols had also applied to fill the seat.
Monfort said she was excited to be back on the board.
“I am ready to help the board continue to move forward,” Monfort said. “I believe in public schools and I believe in Lima City Schools. I believe with my experience and awareness I am ready to help.”
The applicant selected to fill Williams’ seat must run against any others filing in the November election to finish the final two years of the term to retain the seat. Monfort said she plans to run.
“One of the questions during the interview process was if I planned to run,” Monfort said. “They were interested in continuity. They were interested in someone that was willing to follow through. I told them I did plan on running.”
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