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.
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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.