The response has been really overwhelming so far to replace Rosa Gill on the school board.
As of Thursday afternoon, school administrators said they hadn't received a single application for the District 4 Southeast Raleigh vacancy on the school board. The deadline is noon on July 20th so there's still time.
The last time there was a vacancy, 10 people applied in 2001 for the opening in District 8 in southwest Wake. Applicants included a former Wake school board member, the president and president-elect of the Wake County PTA Council and the chairman of the Wake County Planning Board.
Board members ultimately chose Jeff York, a lesser known applicant who had stressed his business background. York was defeated at the ballot box in 2003 when he ran against Ron Margiotta, who had been one of the applicants in 2001.
This time around, community activist Venita Peyton has announced she'll apply for Gill's seat.
Other names that have been mentioned as possible candidates include Lillian Lee, the retired principal of Rolesville Elementary School; Alice Garrett, a retired administrator and former principal of Carroll Middle School; Jonica Rowland, an active PTA volunteer; and the Rev. Johnny Darden, who mentors at-risk students
School board members hope to fill the position by next month. The new board member would finish out Gill's term, which expires November 2011.