THE ISSUE The Caesar Rodney School District of Education had 14 applications for the seat left open this summer by the resignation of Col. Robert King. On Tuesday night, the board voted to select lifelong Caesar Rodney resident William Bush IV as King’s replacement.
THE ISSUE The Caesar Rodney School District of Education had 14 applications for the seat left open this summer by the resignation of Col. Robert King.
On Tuesday night, the board voted to select lifelong Caesar Rodney resident William Bush IV as King’s replacement. Bush has spent most of his career in public service, including chief legal counsel for former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, legal counsel for the House of Representatives, policy advisor to the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security and attorney for the Kent County Regional Planning Commission and Row Offices.
He also serves on the Boards for Delaware Technical and Community College, Boys & Girls Club and the Modern Maturity Center.
“I want to ensure the continued excellence of the Caesar Rodney School District which is the pride of our community,” Bush said.
“I currently have two children in the district and therefore have a vested interest as well as a duty to help the district," he added. "I believe that my knowledge and experience can truly be beneficial to the Caesar Rodney School District.”
WHAT’S HAPPENED King had resigned due to health issues with one year left on his five-year term. State law mandated that the school board had to appoint someone to fill the void until the next school board election occurred.
Board President Kathleen Haynes said the selection to fill King’s seat was difficult given the board had 14 candidates with a wide variety of life and professional experiences.
“However, in the end, we felt that Mr. Bush was the candidate who could best serve with us on the board,” Haynes said.
Caesar Rodney would miss King’s expertise and concerns for the members of Dover Air Force Base, Caesar Rodney School District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald said.
“[But] Mr. Bush’s addition to the Board will not only bring a strong commitment to the table but also an understanding of greater Delaware,” he said.
Among the 14 applicants was Caesar Rodney High School 2012 graduate Laura Malinowski, who felt she could lend a unique perspective to the board as a student who just graduated. She is now a rising freshman at Wesley College. Fitzgerald believed this was the first time someone showed this kind of interest in serving on the board so soon after graduation.
WHAT’S NEXT Malinowski said she realized competition was stiff for the open slot, but she expressed an interest in still serving the board in an advisory capacity, if the board was amenable to that. In response, Haynes left the door open on that possibility.
"Each of the 14 candidates brought something to the table which we considered during the process of choosing a qualified candidate for the vacant position on the Board,” she said. “I want to personally thank all of the candidates and hope that they continue their involvement with the Caesar Rodney School District and will consider serving on future committees.”
Bush’s appointment was for one year. He will be sworn in at the next board meeting in August.
In May 2013, this seat will be up for reelection. The filing deadline for School Board elections is the first Friday in March at 4:30 p.m. Any district resident who is a U.S. citizen 18 or older can file to run.