The White Salmon Valley School District's board of directors created a vacancy in its ranks Aug. 18 when it accepted the resignation of Zone 2 representative Kristie Hurn "with great reluctance."
Hurn, a Snowden-area resident, had to resign after it was discovered during research of director boundaries by district administrative staff that her residence is about half a mile outside the Zone 2 boundary.
After the discovery, the school board and Supt. Jerry Lewis were advised by legal counsel to act swiftly to correct the "technical error."
Hurn was appointed to the five-member school board in 2001 to serve out an unexpired term in the Zone 5 position serving the Underwood area. She was subsequently re-elected in 2003.
In 2007, Hurn resigned from the board upon moving to the Snowden area, then filed for and won election to an open Zone 2 seat with a four-year term. (The position's current term is up in 2011.)
The school board is accepting applications for the Zone 2 position at the district office in the Park Center until 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9. (Interviews with candidates will be set up sometime prior to the board's Sept. 15 business meeting, with an interim appointment to follow.)
A qualified candidate is a registered voter of Klickitat County and a resident of Zone 2, which includes Bingen and a chunk of unincorporated area to the east of White Salmon and Bingen. (Prospective applicants are asked to verify the location of their residence with the district office prior to submitting an application.)
For more information about the process, contact the district office at 493-1500.