Belpre BOE to interview board candidates

BELPRE — Belpre Board of Education members will meet in closed-door session this afternoon to interview three candidates for a soon-to-be-vacant board seat.

The board meets at 2 p.m. at the Belpre City Schools district office in the old Stone Elementary School building. The meeting is open to the public, but Superintendent Tony Dunn said the interviews will take place in executive session and no vote will be held when the board returns to open session. There are no other items on today’s meeting agenda.

The candidates are Michael Miller, Ronald Duvall and Margaret Webster.

Miller is a retired Belpre City Schools teacher with 35 years of education experience. He has a bachelor of science in elementary education and a master’s in education administration, both from Ohio University.

Duvall is a businessman and property owner, as well as a U.S. Navy veteran. He has served on Belpre City Council. He has a bachelor’s in pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s of business administration in finance from Xavier University and a juris doctor from Salmon Chase College of Law.

Webster is a retired teacher with more than 40 years experience, including teaching at Warren and Fort Frye local school districts. She is currently a substitute teacher for Belpre City Schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in K-8 education and a master’s in school counseling.

In November, four of the five incumbent Belpre City Schools board members were elected or re-elected to the board. Board member Bob Wallace did not run, so his seat will be vacant beginning in 2018.

The board set a deadline of Dec. 1 to apply for the vacant seat. Dunn said only three people applied, and said the board will not likely ask for any additional applicants.

“We don’t expect they’ll look at any others,” he said.

Board members hope to make the appointment before the end of the month. The new member would begin his or her term in January.