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Candidates apply for Maritza Robles seat on SBCSC Board

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:34 am
by Happy Mom
Eight candidates apply for open South Bend school board seat
CHRISTIAN SHECKLER South Bend Tribune Oct 13, 2017 Updated 2 hrs ago (1)


SB At Large candidates
Applicants for the at-large seat on the South Bend Community School Corp. Board of Trustees are, Top, from left: Alexandra Liggins, Jasmine Brown, Rodolfo Monterrosa and Annette Malone. Bottom, from left: Nick Hardrict, Deborah Wooden Riley and Deborah Williams. Not pictured: Brenda Alvarez.
South Bend Tribune
SOUTH BEND β€” Eight candidates have applied to fill the South Bend school board seat that was left open after former member Maritza Robles died suddenly last month.

The candidates for the at-large seat range from an immigration lawyer to former teachers to a co-founder of a technology training program for youth, according to copies of candidates' resumes and cover letters released by the district after Wednesday's deadline to apply for the position.

On Monday, the board will hold a closed-door executive session to begin narrowing down the candidates before holding public interviews with the finalists and voting for the new member later this month.

Robles, a former longtime director of bilingual services for the South Bend Community School Corp., died Sept. 25 at her home. She had just won her second four-year term on the school board in November.

Because Robles served in an at-large seat, she represented the school corporation's entire population, not just that of a certain zone. After her death, the position was open to anyone 21 or older who lives inside the boundaries of the corporation.

The candidates are:

- Brenda Alvarez β€” the school corporation did not provide her resume and cover letter Thursday. A Brenda Alvarez is listed as a family and community school specialist for the school corporation on her Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

- Jasmine Brown, a guidance secretary and registrar at Grissom Middle School in the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. Brown previously taught eighth grade at Veritas Academy, a South Bend charter school, and she ran for an at-large South Bend school board seat last year.

- Nick Hardrict, an electrician and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

- Alexandra Liggins, co-founder of South Bend Code School, a youth training center that focuses on technical skills in computer coding and web development. She also spent a year teaching English at Career Academy South Bend's middle school.

- Annette Malone, owner of Reality Hair Concepts salon in South Bend. She also ran for an at-large school board seat last year.

- Rodolfo Monterrosa, South Bend-based attorney focused on immigration and criminal defense and adjunct professor at University of Notre Dame Law School.

- Deborah Riley, a former South Bend teacher who most recently taught at Edison Intermediate Center before her retirement in June.

- Deborah Williams, a receptionist for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' administrative center.


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Re: Candidates apply for Maritza Robles seat on SBCSC Board

PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:53 pm
by Happy Mom
The Board of School Trustees met in executive session ​on Monday, October 16​ to consider the applications for the At-Large vacancy created by the death of Maritza Robles on September 25. Three candidates have been selected to be interviewed on Tuesday, October 24, at a special meeting to begin at 5:30 p.m.
- Jasmine Brown
- Alexandra Liggins
- Rudy Monterrosa
Following the special meeting, the board will meet in executive session at 6:30 to make their selection. A second special meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. the same evening to allow for the board to vote on the selected replacement and to swear in the new board member. The interim board member will serve the remainder of Ms. Robles term, until December 31, 2020.