The Columbus Board of Education has tapped former board member Bryan Steward to temporarily fill the seat left vacant by Dominic Paretti's abrupt resignation last month.
Citing the state requirement to fill a vacancy in a timely fashion, and the overwhelming prospect of sorting through 55 applications for the position, the board called on the former member and vice president as a short-term solutions. Board president Gary Baker:
Baker says no timeframe has been set for that process, but anticipates a decision will be made by in November.
Steward was appointed in February 2009 to fill the unexpired term left by borad president Terry Boyd's departure. He failed to gather enough valid petition signatures to run for the remaining two years of that term, but he was able to gather enough signatures to run for an open seat in 2011. Baker says Steward has indicated he is not interested in running for the seat again.
The remaining two-years of Paretti's term will be subject to a special election in November. Paretti resigned his board seat and his position as a Democratic staffer at the Statehouse two weeks ago after allegedly sending obscene texts to female staffers.