By Kendal Gapinski, Daily Local News, 6/17/14
WEST GOSHEN — The West Chester Area School Board voted unanimously Monday night to fill its vacant seat with longtime school district resident and previous school board hopeful Gary Bevilacqua.
Bevilacqua will fill the seat of Linda Raileanu, who resigned at last month’s school board meeting because she had to move out of state for a new job.
After formally accepting Raileanu’s resignation on May 28, the board legally had 30 days to fill the vacant seat.
Bevilacqua was interviewed along with three other candidates — Dianne Herrin, Kate Shaw and Cinda Russell-Reese — Monday night during a special school board meeting at Spellman Administration Building, 829 Paoli Pike.
“I was impressed with everyone,” board member Robin Kaliner said. “While very different, everybody brought something that would be valuable to the board.”
The candidates were each asked eight questions, which were provided to them ahead of time to review and prepare, and were given 20 minutes to answer the questions. Questions included why they wanted to be on the board, what they felt its priorities should be, their knowledge of the budget and state mandates, as well as whether they had children in the district and how many school board meetings they had attended….
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