By Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 12/17/13
WESTTOWN — The search to fill the vacancy on the West Chester Area School Board ended Monday evening as East Bradford resident Bret Binder was voted as the ninth and final school director.
The board was left short one member in early November after board member Karen Miller submitted her resignation letter, citing an immediate exit from the board for personal reasons.
After formally accepting the resignation in November, the board had 30 days to fill the position.
The board began its first seven candidate interviews last week and finished with the last two at its monthly meeting Monday evening at Bayard Rustin High School.
At the close of the application acceptance date, the district had received materials for 11 candidates, though two later removed their names.
At the conclusion of interviews, board members each selected their top three candidates. Those with the most votes were the finalists.
After tabulating the votes, Binder — along with Gary Bevilacqua and James Bady — were the finalists.
Board members conducted some discussion before a vote. Initial votes for Bevilacqua and Bady split 4-4.
On the third vote, Binder was selected by a margin of 5-3 with members Vince Murphy, Linda Raileanu and Maureen Snook dissenting.
Candidates were given eight questions to review and prepare for ahead of time and awarded 15 minutes to respond. …
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