Allen Resigns from Board of Education

Bill Allen

Ottumwa Community Schools has put a plan in place to find a replacement for School Board Member, Bill Allen, who resigned his seat effective Monday, August 12 due to moving out of the district.

The board intends to appoint a replacement for Allen, whose seat was to be up in November. The district will publish a notice of intent to appoint this week. Voters may file a petition requiring the vacancy be filled by special election. Petitions must be received within 14 days after publication of the notice.

The district will accept letters of interest from individuals wishing to fill the position until Friday, August 30 at 4 p.m. Interested candidates must be a resident of the Ottumwa Community School District, 18-years-old, and eligible to vote. Superintendent Kooiker and the board will use a portion of the Monday, September 9 board meeting to hear responses from candidates interested in filling the position. The board will then rank order the candidates based on their responses to questions and announce the person who receives the highest score. This person will serve until the next school election in November 2019.

The process must be completed within 30 days of the resignation.

'We're sorry to see Bill leave the Ottumwa school board," said Superintendent Nicole Kooiker. "We want to wish him the best as he transitions to a new home and community. We will miss his leadership and commitment to the district and our community."