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NORFOLK- The Norwood-Norfolk Central School Board of Education will be at full strength following a special election scheduled for next month.

Board members have set Aug. 7 for the vote to fill a seat that went unclaimed during the May school board elections. They appointed a permanent chairperson, clerk, head teller and tellers for the vote during this week’s meeting.

This time around, two individuals expressed an interest and returned a petition by the deadline, according to Superintendent Elizabeth A. Kirnie.

“We received two petitions by the deadline, from Steve Markum and Thomas Cota. Our PTSA is arranging for a Meet the Candidates night to be held before the election,” she said.

The election will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 in the district board room.

“In anticipation of a poor voter turnout, we’ll be using paper ballots” that will need to be counted after the polls close, Mrs. Kirnie said.

The winner will be sworn in during the board’s August meeting and will take his seat that night for a full three-year term.

A vacancy currently exists after only two candidates - incumbents Thomas W. Scott and George D. Fulk - ran for a seat in May’s election. No petitions were turned in for a third seat that had been held by Lisa R. Levison, who opted not to seek another term on the board.

Although she was not officially on the ballot, Ms. Levison received 22 write-in votes during the May election. But she told school officials she was not interested in returning to her seat.

There were 13 write-in candidates during the May election, with Pam Levendusky receiving six votes, Kate Mikel receiving two votes and Marty Manley, Frank Hess, Helen B., Jason Esner, David Wells, William Jackson, Jane Mott, Joe Liotta, Nickles Lamanouha and David Flint, the past board president, each receiving one vote.

That left the decision for filling the seat up to the board members, with options of making an appointment or holding a special election.

In the past, they’ve opted to appointments to fill vacancies.

Ms. Levison had been appointed in July 2011 after completing her term on the board to fill a one-year vacancy created by the resignation of Joseph A. Kardash when he was named superintendent of the Colton-Pierrepont Central School District.

That move marked the second time in as many years that board members had opted to fill a seat with a former board member who chose not to run for reelection.

Board members had opted in 2010 to appoint another former board member for one year until the May 2011 elections. Jane M. Peacock, who had also chosen not to seek reelection in 2010, was appointed to replace George L. Blair. She, like Ms. Levison, had not sought reelection that year.

As many as four individuals had expressed an interest in serving this year after they were approached by board members. But board members had shared their concerns recently that the interest might wane if the individuals needed to file a petition and run for a three-year seat. The seat would have been for one year if the board had opted to appoint someone.

Board members ultimately decided last month to hold the special election, which is expected to cost under $1,000.

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