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USD 383 to begin process to fill open seat

By The Mercury

The USD 383 Board of Education is likely to take the first step toward filling its vacant board seat during its Wednesday meeting, which starts at 5:45 p.m. at the Robinson Education Center.

Doug Messer, former USD 383 school board president, resigned during the last school board meeting, citing “family, professional and personal reasons.”

State law empowers the board to choose a person to fill the position. Board members have indicated they will approve a motion to fill the seat. After that decision is made, the board will publish a notice in the Mercury that a vacancy has occurred and will be filled by appointment no sooner than 15 days after publication.

The meeting will also represent a milestone for the district’s $97.5 million bond issue, as the remaining schools and facilities are scheduled to have bids considered. First approved by the voters in 2008, USD 383’s construction and renovation projects are scheduled to be completed this year.

The final projects are hardware updates include security cameras and new classroom locks, which provide key locks to interior doors so they may be locked from the inside of the classroom.

The remaining facilities are Anthony Middle School, College Hill, Eisenhower Middle School, Eugene Field, Bergman Elementary, Manhattan High School East Campus, Food Service and Warehouse, Robinson Education Center, Strong Maintenance Shop and Transportation.

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