TEMPERANCE -- The Bedford Board of Education is looking for a replacement for Kim Hooper, whose unfinished term runs through Dec. 31.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a registered Michigan voter, and a resident of the Bedford school district for at least 30 days.
They should submit a letter of two pages or less stating educational background, community service, interest in the district, willingness to make the time commitment, and evidence of good communication skills.
The letter should be sent to the secretary of the Board of Education, Bedford Public Schools, attention superintendent's office, 1623 W. Sterns Rd., Temperance, Mich. 48182. The deadline is Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. The letter should include all contact information.
More information is available from Stacey Langton at 734-850-6002.
Mr. Hooper attended his final board meeting last week. School board President Mike Smith presented him with a plaque expressing the district's appreciation for Mr. Hooper's four years of service.
Mr. Hooper was elected in 2008, and is retiring with his wife to Lena- wee County. He said he had benefited from the experience of being a board member.
"It's been a joy. I've been on a lot of committees, but this had been the hardest one," he told the committee-of-the-whole meeting.
A committee composed of Mr. Smith and board members Tim Brakel and Shawna Smith is to review the applications Aug. 21. The board then will interview prospective candidates and is to make a selection at a special 7 p.m. meeting Aug. 23 in the administration building.
At its regular meeting Thursday, the board is expected to approve a new contract with the Bedford Education Association, the district's teachers' union.
Details will not be released until after the agreement has been ratified. The teachers are to vote Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
The district's last contract with the union expired June 30, 2010.
The new agreement would cover about 240 teachers.
The district faces a $1.47 million deficit in 2012-13 and is counting on more than $900,000 in concessions from the teachers to help bring spending into balance with revenues.