Board looks to fill its vacant seat

MONT VERNON – For the second time this year, the Mont Vernon School Board is looking to replace a member leaving because of a spouse’s job – but this time, the replacement process should cause less debate.

Susan Swartz resigned Thursday, effective immediately, because of time constraints resulting from the car dealerships owned by her husband, Bob.

The School Board is asking for candidates to fill the position until the next election in March.

That process should be less contentious than the process of replacing Carol Fortin, who stepped down this summer because her husband was being transferred out of town.

Fortin gave advance notice of her departure and wanted to vote on her replacement, but the board narrowly decided to put off the decision until after her official departure.Fortin cried foul and took back her resignation, even staying in town after her husband had left in order to be part of the process. The resulting debate was heated on both sides.

Eventually, former School Board member Pam Coughlin was unanimously chosen to fill Fortin’s seat until the March election.

Those interested in replacing Swartz should submit a brief letter expressing their interest and qualifications, plus contact information, by Oct. 31 to Mont Vernon School Board, SAU 39, P.O. Box 849, Amherst, NH 03031.

Candidates can meet with School Board members at the Nov. 9 board meeting to discuss their qualifications.

The five-person Mont Vernon School Board oversees the 250-pupil Village School.