ĺAfter a deadlocked decision last month, the Unionville-Chadds Ford board of school directors has finally found a replacement for former member Frank Murphy’s seat in Region C.
At a special July board meeting on Monday night, the board voted 3-5 to nominate Leticia Flores DeWilde as the temporary Region C board member.
Board members Jeff Hellrung, Keith Knauss and Jeff Leiser cast their votes for Dell Joshi.
Flores Dewilde, who was not present on Monday night due to a previous commitment, will serve as an appointee until the November general election.
She will be officially sworn in at the August board meeting, according to board president Eileen Bushelow.
Flores DeWilde, along with the other candidates, then have the option of submitting for a ballot in that election to serve out the remaining two years of Murphy’s term.
The board selected Flores DeWilde out of a total pool of six candidates.
Of the remaining five candidates – Joshi, John Murphy, Carol Beiderman, Skip Barthold and Lorraine Ramunno – Beidrman and Barthold have withdrawn their names from the position.
All five candidates however still have the option of running for the spot in the November election.
Murphy tendered his resignation at the April board meeting, with his final meeting in June.
Board member Holly Manzone reiterated her comments from the June meeting on the difficulty in selecting the right candidate.
“All of the applicants are outstanding and I would be happy with whoever wins,” she said.
Manzone said that while Flores DeWilde’s background as an attorney and her current station as a stay-at-home mom – as well as other skills – makes her an attractive candidate, she was equally satisfied with the other candidates backgrounds and qualifications as well.
Board member Jeff leiser, who was not available at the last meeting, said he was glad for the opportunity to cast his vote.
He also said he was glad not to be running against any of the candidates, as he felt they were all qualified for the position.
“They … all seem very, very capable,” he said.
“It’s not an easy decision,” Bushelow said. “We have some excellent candidates.”
Flores DeWilde, a Latina, is a resident of Pennsbury Township.
(This story will be amended on July 16, 2013, to include comments from Flores DeWilde, who was unavailable Monday night.)