Vacancy created by last month's resignation of Terry Sampson, who is relocating out of state

A vacancy on the Hannibal public school district’s board of education will be filled during a special meeting of the board that will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the board conference room, 4650 McMasters Ave.

A total of seven individuals — Kathy Asbury, Laura Routh, Steven Carroll, Tom Pfeifer, J.R. Bareis, Ryan Rapp and Joe Pettit — submitted a letter of interest to the school district prior to the 3 p.m. Nov. 6 deadline.

“Having not been through this process before, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” said Superintendent Susan Johnson, regarding the level of interest the vacancy generated.

None of the pool of candidates has ever served previously on the Hannibal school district’s board of education. However, Rapp was a candidate for the school board in April 2017.

As of the Oct. 18 school board meeting it had not been determined if the board’s decision would be made following candidate interviews, or be based solely on the letters of qualification that were submitted.

According to Johnson, the meeting’s format has been determined.

“The applicants will have an opportunity to speak briefly at the special board meeting,” she said, adding that all applications have been shared with the six current school board members.

Johnson reports this is the first time, in at least recent history, that a resignation has created a vacancy on Hannibal’s board of education.

The current vacancy came about on Oct. 9 when Terry Sampson, a member of the school board for nearly six years, submitted a letter of resignation to Rich Stilley, district business manager and board secretary.

In his brief notice Sampson said his resignation was effective immediately “due to relocation outside of the district/state” for the remainder of his term.

Sampson’s successor will serve out the remainder of his term which expires in April 2018. At that time the position will come up for election.

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com