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OTTUMWA — In its meeting Monday, the Ottumwa school board will appoint an interim replacement for Bill Allen, who left the board in August.

Three candidates will be evaluated: Mitch Niner, Krista Tedrew, and Jon Blunt. Niner has a long history in local politics, having served on the Ottumwa City Council for more than eight years.

All three will give presentations and answer questions posed by the board. They will then be judged based on a set of criteria, and the highest-ranking candidate will receive the appointment. Whoever is appointed will serve until Nov. 5, at which point their seat will be made vacant and filled by an elected candidate. Those interested in running for school board still have until 5 p.m. Sept. 19 to file their nomination papers.

The superintendent’s Revenue Purpose Statement will be up for approval by the board, which outlines the district’s intended use of funds provided by the Iowa Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Fund. The superintendent proposes using the funds on building upkeep, transportation services, new information technology systems and other projects.

Other points of order include a presentation by student-members of the club Al Éxito, as well as the PRIDE of Ottumwa Marching Band’s request to attend a competition in Geneseo, Illinois, which requires board approval. The Al Éxito presentation will be on a “character counts” award the club was given in July.

Jack Langland can be reached at jlangland@ottumwacourier.com.

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