The R-2 Board of education held a special meeting on Monday, to vote to fill the board seat vacated by Robin Westphal’s resignation in May.

The R-2 Board of education held a special meeting on Monday, to vote to fill the board seat vacated by Robin Westphal’s resignation in May. According to policy, the current members of the board were to review letters of intent submitted by candidates with their resumes and qualifications, to be considered. After their review, the board would then interview the candidates and take a vote, to determine a successor. A candidate in the April elections, Patrick Groom, and new candidate Lindy Chapman, submitted letters for consideration. After the interview process, and a vote by the school board, Lindy Chapman was sworn in, as the newest member to the R-2 Board of Education. In describing her experience, Chapman has been on the board for the Education Foundation, is a small business owner and has worked for non-profits directing budgets. “I think I bring a pretty broad view, school district wise,” said Chapman in her interview. Asked what one of her priorities would be, she responded saying, “I think staying on the cutting edge of technology, (as the district has maintained) instead of trying to play catch up, is important, however that fits into our plans. It’s a very important aspect to make sure our kids are ready for the future outside of Chillicothe.” Chapman, only serves until the next election, in April, and must be elected to the seat beyond that point.