CLINTON — The East Feliciana School Board accepted the resignation of veteran board member J. Curtis Jelks on Tuesday and set a special March 16 meeting to name an interim successor.
Jelks, 78, was injured in a fall at his home last month and later underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker. His resignation letter was delivered by mail Tuesday.
“We thank Mr. Jelks for his dedication and loyal service to the East Feliciana Parish School Board,” board President Michael Bradford said before the board turned its attention to the mechanics of naming an interim member.
Jelks was elected to the board in 2002 and served two terms, including a period of time as the board president. He returned to the board for a third term in January 2015, and his term expires Dec. 31, 2018.
Because more than a year remains in his term, the board must hold a special election, which is expected to be in conjunction with the Nov. 8 presidential balloting. If so, qualifying for the post would be July 20-22.
The board accepted Bradford’s suggestion to seek applications from District 1 residents interested in serving as an appointed member. The deadline for applying will be March 11.
The board rejected Bradford’s suggestion to allow the Personnel Committee to review the applications and recommend a candidate to the board at a special March 16 meeting.
“This has nothing to do with personnel. This is about the board,” member Richard Terrell said.
The board will receive copies of the applications and make a decision at the special meeting.
In addition to meeting the requirements set out in state law, including being able to read and write, the appointed member must live in District 1.
The district spans the northernmost part of the parish between Thompson Creek and the Amite River, with the state line as the northern border. The district includes the Norwood, Wilson and Felixville areas.
In other action, the board adopted a tentative school calendar for the next school year, but it may have to be modified once the state sets the dates for achievement tests in 2017. Tentatively, the school year will begin for students Aug. 10 and end June 24.
Christmas and New Year’s holidays will be Dec. 22 through Jan. 4, while spring break will be April 14-21.