BAKER — The Baker School Board on Friday afternoon appointed Calvin Dees Sr. to fill the District 5 seat vacated by Doris Alexander, who resigned effective Thursday.

Alexander won the same School Board seat from Dees in the 2006 election and has held it ever since.

Alexander, who had served half her term on the School Board, was sworn in Friday as Baker City Council member for District 4. She defeated incumbent Councilman Robert Young in the April runoff.

School Board member Dana Carpenter nominated Rita Wright to replace Alexander, who is retired from the Louisiana Department of Education, but the motion died for lack of a second.

Council member Elaine Davis then nominated Dees, and he was approved with a unanimous vote.

Dees, 75, retired as principal from Scenic Alternative High School in 2001. The school was inside Jetson Correctional Facility before the juvenile detention center closed in 2014. After retiring, he spent 14 years as a mental health counselor.

Dees did not attend the meeting. Reached by phone, he said he wanted to return to the board because he felt his experience would be valuable to the students and the board.

“I thought that I could be of assistance,” he said.

The School Board has called a special election for Nov. 8 to fill the seat with a runoff to be held Dec. 10, if needed. The winner of the election will serve out Alexander’s term, which ends in December 2018, School Board attorney Winston DeCuir said.

Dees said he is not sure whether he will run for the seat. The next School Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 12 at the board’s office at 14750 Plank Road.