DUBLIN -- Seven candidates have applied for an appointment to the Dublin school board — including a recent Dublin High School graduate who made a strong showing in the November board election.
Applications were due Friday for the school board appointment to fill the vacancy created when David Haubert, a 10-year incumbent, stepped down after winning the November election to the Dublin City Council.
Austin Ogden, who graduated in June from Dublin High, applied for the school board opening, his second try for the school office in four months.
While just 18 during the November election, Ogden ran for the board and lost to three incumbents but attracted attention with a strong showing. Ogden has said the school board needs someone familiar with Dublin students' point of view.
Five of the other six applicants have children in the Dublin public school system.
Catharine Baker, an attorney for small businesses, is a member of the safety committee at Dougherty Elementary School. She has two children in Dublin schools.
Robert Cherrier, a civil engineer, has served on two Dublin school district citizens' advisory committees: one on the district's finances and the other a school bond oversight committee. He has one child in the local school system.
Abe Gupta is an attorney with law offices in Pittsburg. He has lived in the school district for two years.
Regina Hancher, a business systems director,
Megan Rouse, a financial planner, has been a Dublin classroom volunteer and she chairs the Dublin Elementary School site council. She has two children in Dublin schools.
Michael Utsumi, a real estate salesmen, who tutors at Frederiksen Elementary School in Dublin and has been a member of the Wells Middle School site council. He has one child in Dublin schools.
A two-member committee of the school board will interview the seven applicants behind closed doors and recommend two finalists to be interviewed in public by the school board later this month.
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