The Wake County school board's attention will soon turn toward filling Beverley Clark's seat.
Clark will step down after she attends her final committee meetings this week. Once gone, applicants will have until noon Aug. 27 to submit their applications to the school district.
Just like how Keith Sutton was appointed to the District 4 vacancy, the board will presumably pick a person who supports current policies for Clark's District 6 seat in Central Raleigh. The difference is that Clark's seat will likely be filled in September during the heart of the school board elections.
Clark's seat will be filled by the three board members who aren't running for re-election and by Horace Tart, who will be in for a tough fight for a second term. Sutton and the new District 6 board member would presumably act as a buffer against the potential election of critics in October.
No public word yet on who might vie for Clark's seat. Prospective board members could use the appointment, which would run through the end of Clark's term in November 2011, as a spring board to winning a seat at the ballot box in 2011.