The Oelwein Community School board has a new member.

At a special meeting last night (Aug. 6), the board considered filling a vacancy created when board director David Eick submitted his resignation, due to work constraints.

Four people had expressed an interest in the open seat.

After deliberations and discussions, the Oelwein School Board voted unanimously to appoint Liz Gilson to the post. Gilson will be sworn in, in the next couple of days, and will fulfill the last 2 years of the term.

Later in the evening, the Oelwein Area Retired School Personnel Association sponsored a meet-the-candidates forum in the middle school auditorium.

7 local residents, including 3 of the incumbents, are vying for 4 open seats, in the school board election, Tuesday, September 12th. Those running include incumbents Dana Bostian, Bob Kalb and Charlene Stocker. The other candidates are Greg Parmely, Julie Williams, Jeremy Logan, and Dustin Franzen.

The candidates answered a variety of questions provided by the Oelwein Area Retired School Personnel Association.