2021 | Schools

School board seeking applicants for seat vacated by Pat O’Neill’s death

Applicants must live in or near Bethesda, will serve remainder of term

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About a month after one of its members died, the Montgomery County school board has begun its search for someone to serve the remainder of her term.

Longtime board member Pat O’Neill died on Sept. 14 at age 71. She was the longest tenured school board member in MCPS history, first elected in 1998. She was up for re-election in 2022, and had not said publicly whether she planned to run again.

Regardless, about a year remains in O’Neill’s term. On Friday, the school board officially began the process of appointing someone to fill her seat until her term ends in November 2022.

The board is asking for people who are interested to apply if they live in District 3, which encompasses parts of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington and Potomac.

MCPS employees may not be school board members.

Applications — including a letter of interest, a resume, voter registration information and contact information — must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Applicants are expected to be interviewed on Nov. 30, with an appointment to be made “shortly thereafter,” according to a press release from MCPS.

Applications can emailed to District3vacancy@mcpsmd.org. They can also be mailed or delivered to the district’s central office at 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

School board members are paid $25,000 per year.