Tallmadge -- The School Board hopes to select one of four applicants to fill the vacant seat left by member Valorie Prulhiere by its April 16 meeting, said Board President Rick Kellar.

The residents who submitted applications are Mark W. Fairhurst, Angela Neal-Barnett, David S. Parry and Lori Villanova.

Fairhurst, executive director of Embracing Futures Inc., a children's charity in Akron, has a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the University of Akron.

Neal-Barnett is a professor at Kent State University. Her application doesn't include information about her education.

Parry works as an associate lecturer in the School of Communication and Summit College at the University of Akron. He has a master's degree in education.

Villanova works as a literacy intervention teacher at David Hill Community Learning Center in Akron. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and two master's degrees, one in instructional technology and another in principalship, also from the University of Akron.

Last month, Prulhiere announced that she would resign from her seat on the Board as of March 20 so that she can move out of state to be with her husband who has relocated.

The Board has 30 days from the date of her resignation to choose a replacement. If the Board fails to do so within that time line, the Summit County Probate Court would assign a replacement within another 30 days.

Although Prulhiere's term expires Dec. 31, 2017, the Board member chosen to replace her will serve until the first of the year following the next election, which is Jan. 1, 2016.

Board members serve four-year terms. The terms of the members are staggered so that not all of them are up for re-election at the same time.

The deadline for applications for the open seat was March 18.

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