Merced County Board of Education members will wait until early December to appoint a replacement for the late Evelyn Eagleton, who died Sept. 10 after a lengthy illness.
At last week’s meeting, board members deferred action since Trustee Gloria Honey was ill. The board had interviewed candidates Dennis Hanks and Mary C. Jones but delayed a vote at the urging of Mary Ellen Chavez.
Chairman Fred Honore of Hilmar, said Steve Gomes, county superintendent of schools, would schedule a special board meeting in early December to name the replacement, who would serve through the end of next year. Chavez wanted more time to consider the candidates and give Honey a chance to be involved in the decision.
Christie Hendricks, assistant superintendent, said Hanks and Jones gave an overview of their accomplishments and reasons for wanting to serve on the board.
In September, the board decided to make a provisional appointment rather than schedule a special election that could cost $120,000; board members are not paid but can get benefits, as do Merced County Office of Education employees. They must be registered voters.
Eagleton, a retired MCOE assistant superintendent, represented Trustee Area No. 1, which covers the greater Merced area.