Applicants sought for board

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

Applicants are being sought for a recently-vacated seat on the Pawhuska Board of Education.

Christi McNeil resigned Seat No. 3 on the Pawhuska School Board last month. Nearly two years are remaining on her five-year term.

Anyone interested in serving on the local board of education can obtain an application at the Pawhuska School Administration Building, 1801 McKenzie Road. The No. 3 term expires in 2018, district officials said.

McNeil stepped down from the board due to a conflict of interest related to the employment of one of her relatives by the school district. Her resignation was announced following the June 7 hiring of her brother-in-law, Joe Tillman, as Pawhuska High School football coach. McNeil’s sister is the new football coach’s wife, Cindy Tillman, who serves on the Pawhuska City Council.

At the time of her resignation, McNeil was serving as the board’s vice president.

In other school district news, Friday, July 1, was the scheduled starting date for the new Superintendent of Pawhuska Public Schools Jan Neufeld.

Neufeld was selected in May to replace Dr. Landon Berry, who announced in February that he would leave Pawhuska to take the school superintendent position in Porum — his home town. Berry had served as local superintendent since July 2012. His final day here was Thursday.

Neufield has been an educator/school administrator in Kansas for much of the past 30 years. Most recently, she had been superintendent of the Salina-area’s Twin Valley Unified District for three years. Neufeld was selected from a field of 23 applicants, school officials said.