Tuesday was the first day candidates could file to run for the school board, and School board member Tom Rose has announced he will not run for reelection.
After seven years on the school board, Rose's term will expire in April. Rose plans to focus on his private veterinary practice, but he said he will still be involved with education.
“I'll still stay involved in the school, especially involved in early childhood education and those types of things but I also see that there are, can certainly give an opportunity for other people that had expressed interest in serving on the board as well," Rose said.
The Columbia Board of Education will appoint a new member this month after Paul Cushing’s resignation.
Board President Tom Rose says it will not hold an election for the position – it’ll accept applicants instead.
"We'll interview the candidates on October 30 at an evening meeting that is open for anyone to attend. We essentially develop a list of questions that we have that they are able to prepare and we'll have each of them answer," says Rose.
The four current applicants are Rex Cone, Tim Parshall, Bill Kinney, and former board member Darin Preis.