On the heels of the sudden resignations of David Kodama and Lisa Gaynor, Mary Rose Mangia, the president of the Riverside School District 96 Board of Education has announced that the board will accept applications from any interested District 96 resident interested in being appointed to the board.

“The board of education will move quickly to appoint new board members,” wrote Mangia in a statement emailed to the Landmark on Friday afternoon. “I invite all community members to ask themselves what they can do to help our schools provide the very best education.”

Interested candidates should submit their resumes to mary.rose.mangia@District96.org by Sept. 8. Mangia said that applications should include a cover letter outlining reasons for seeking to be a board member and a few points about the candidate’s vision for moving the district forward. 

“District 96 has great students, great parents and great community support,” Mangia said. “Please join me in continuing a tradition of excellence at District 96.”

School boards are required by law to fill vacanices within 45 days. The appointments will run through the spring of 2015. Kodama’s term was set to expire next spring. Gaynor’s term runs through 2017, but whoever is appointed this fall will serve until spring. At that time, there will be an election to fill the remaining two years of Gaynor’s term.