On Monday night, the four remaining members of the West Clermont School Board remained deadlocked on filling their board vacancy. The votes were two-versus-two on every recommendation to appoint a successor to the seat left open due to the passing away of former board member, Mark Merchant.
The meeting was contentious at times with board President, Tina Sanborn, making several calls for “decorum” during the evening.
An array of supporters for potential appointees attended the meeting and several citizens took the opportunity to speak in favor of their preferred candidates. A majority of those who did speak, backed appointee candidate, Jeff Kohls. The rest were divided thinly among the other possible appointees.
Several votes were taken to secure an appointment, but all votes split evenly. Unable to move forward, the board voted to recommend that the decision be turned over to the hands of Clermont Common Pleas and Probate/Juvenile Court Judge, Hon. James A. Shriver.
Pictures from the meeting:
From Pierce Township, Ken Walston, in favor of Jeff Kohls.
From Union Township, Jennifer Bond, in favor of Jeff Kohls.
From Union Township, Howard Hines, in favor of Jeff Kohls.