ENID, Okla. — The Office 3 seat on Enid Public Schools Board of Education is open, and the district accepting applications to fill it.

The spot was filled until recently by Trent Misak, who left after joining Enid Regional Development Alliance as a project manager.

Due to the timing of the vacancy, no election will be held. Instead, board members will review applications and select a candidate. The board hopes to appoint a new member during its meeting in October, according to Enid Public Schools.

The term ends in February 2020, and the appointee may file for election in December to retain their seat. To qualify for the position, several criteria must be met. First, any applicant must live within the boundaries of Office 3, and have lived there for at least six months. The district is basically the southeast part of Enid. Office boundaries are outlined at this link: https://www.enidpublicschools.org/165015_3

Applicants must be registered voters with Garfield County Election Board for six months prior to appointment and have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. Those who have been convicted or pleaded no contest to a felony or a misdemeanor involving embezzlement must be 15 years removed from the crimes in order to apply.

Finally, a candidate cannot have any close relatives employed by the school district, "including a candidate’s spouse, child, parent, grandchild, grandparent, brother, sister, spouse’s child, spouse’s grandchild, spouse’s brother, spouse’s sister, spouse’s grandparent, grandchild’s spouse, parent’s spouse and child’s spouse," according to EPS.

Within 15 months of entering office, board members are required to complete 12 hours of instruction on education issues. Topics range from school finance, Oklahoma education laws and school-board related ethics, duties and responsibilities.

Anyone interested in the position is encouraged to contact EPS Chief Financial Officer Sam Robinson by calling (580) 366-7000, or visit the Administrative Services Center at 500 S. Independence.

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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