Burlington, News

BASD Board of Education vice president steps down

By Jason Arndt

Barry Schmaling, vice president of the Burlington Area School District Board of Education, has resigned from his leadership post.

Schmaling, who served the district for nearly a decade, tendered his resignation in an email to Board President Peter Turke at the Jan. 8 Board of Education meeting.

The resignation, effective immediately, did not include specifics for his departure.

“It has been my honor to serve the community of Burlington and I wish the district the best moving forward,” Schmaling wrote.

Southern Lakes Newspapers on Monday reached out to Schmaling by email requesting further elaboration on the reason for his departure.

He reiterated statements in his resignation letter while issuing praise to the school community.

“The real story of the district is told in the hard work of our students and educators,” he said, adding he did not have any further comments.

Schmaling’s resignation opens up a vacancy on the Board of Education and district officials are accepting applications to fill the void left.

“The Burlington Area School District wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Schmaling for his years of service,” the district wrote in a news release. “The Board’s job is to represent, lead, and serve the citizens through the development of written governing policies that address student results, operational expectations, governance culture, and board/superintendent relationship.”

Qualified and interested candidates must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the district and submit a notice of their interest in writing to Interim Superintendent Jill Oelslager, with their name, address and phone number.

The application deadline is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9.

Applications can be sent to [email protected] or hand delivered to the district office at 209 Wainwright Ave. in Burlington.

District officials said the Board of Education will interview prospective candidates – and vote on filling the vacancy – at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19.

Interviews will take place at the district office, they said.

During the interview, each candidate can make an opening statement up to two minutes in length, and will need to answer necessary questions presented by the Board of Education as part of the process.

After completion of the interviews, the Board will decide on a new candidate, according to officials.

The appointed resident will be sworn in at the regular monthly meeting for a term ending in April 2025, when a successor is elected.

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