The Lenoir County Board of Education has rescheduled two public meetings in the wake of Hurricane Florence and the disruption in the school calendar caused by the storm.
The board’s regular October meeting, scheduled for Monday, will instead by held on Monday, Oct. 8. The delay will give LCPS administrators time to develop an agenda and presentations for the meeting in conjunction with board members.
School personnel returned to work Wednesday after being sidelined by Florence since Sept. 11. Schools reopened for students on Thursday.
During the storm-induced hiatus, the board postponed a meeting called for Sept. 17 to name one of five candidates to fill the District 3 seat vacated in July by Jon Sargeant, who resigned to accept an appointment as a district court judge.
That special meeting has now been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4.
Five residents of District 3 presented their case for selection at the board’s Sept. 4 meeting. The board voted then to schedule a special meeting for consideration of the candidates’ qualifications in public session.
By rule, the candidates must be at least 21 years old, qualified to vote in North Carolina, a resident of District 3 for at least 30 days and a registered Democrat for at least 90 days.
The person selected will serve out Sargeant’s term, which expires in November 2020.
Both the Oct. 4 and the Oct. 8 meetings will begin at 6 p.m. at the Central Services office, 2017 W. Vernon Ave.