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Two more people apply for vacant Columbia Board of Education seat


Two more people have applied for the open seat on the Columbia Board of Education.

Greg Brockmeier and Sahba Jalali are new candidates the in the growing field of applicants for Katherine Sasser’s old seat.

Sasser announced her resignation at a May Board of Education meeting. Sasser cited recent anti-transgender state legislation as a reason for her resignation.

The eight candidates who already applied includes former Board President Jan Mees, former Board member Della Streaty-Wilhoit, former state Rep. Chuck Basye, former board candidates John Potter and Andrea Lisenby, Phil Stroessner, James Patterson and Frank Aten.

The Board is accepting applications for the open seat through 4 p.m. Wednesday. The term for the seat ends in April 2024.

Instructions on submitting an application can be found on Columbia Public Schools’ website.

According to an email from CPS spokesperson Michelle Baumstark, the Board will have a special session at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the applications it received. It will then meet again 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 “conduct interviews of top selected candidates,” according to the email.

Baumstark said the Board plans to make its appointment at its meeting on Monday, June 12.

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