SIKESTON -- Scott County Central Board of Education members have selected a replacement for the position left vacant after Eric Kesler stepped down from his board seat in August.
Longtime Scott Central community member Tony Lackey was approved for appointment by the school board during its regular meeting Oct. 9.
"The board was in 100 percent agreement on Mr. Lackey, and he had their total support. He's always visible at our school events," Superintendent Dr. Joby Holland said. "He'll be a good member and someone who will be involved with the district."
Following Kesler's resignation, the board had to go through an application process to fill Kesler's position. Kesler was elected to the school board last April and resigned from the board after an investigation by the state attorney general's office determined Kesler lived in the Oran R-3 school district and not the Scott County Central school district.
Holland said the board didn't receive very many applicants for the position. "We had a lot of people that would've been interested (in joining the board), but their schedules didn't permit them to be on the board," Holland said.
Lackey has been involved in the local community and has some experience in local politics, Holland said.
"He's been a big supporter of the school district and wants to help the school out," Holland said. "It made sense for him to be on the board."
Holland said Lackey will be sworn-in during the board's meeting later this month. Lackey will serve on the board until the next school board election in April.