March 27, 2017
COLLINSVILLE – Following the death of Reed Creek district school board member Betsy Mattox, the Henry County School Board met on Monday to discuss the election of an interim member to fill the vacancy.
School Board Attorney George Lyle discussed the legal aspects of selecting an interim board member by May 2 and also covered aspects of the countywide election of a board member in November.
From the date of Mattox’s death on March 18, the Henry County School Board has 45 days to name an interim member to serve in Mattox’s position. The person selected will exercise all the authorities of the office.
At the meeting, the board voted to petition the Henry County Circuit Court to issue a writ of election for the special election of a school board member, who will complete Mattox’s term, expiring on Dec. 31, 2019. While it is possible that the interim member selected by the school board could assume the role for the next couple of years, the ultimate decision is up to the voters in Henry County.
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