seat on the school board
board appointed Audrey Noble, a resident of the Bellevue area,
to fill the seat vacated when Debra Heffernan resigned last
November following her election to be a state representative.
Noble, an education policy analyst at the University of
Delaware, told Delaforum she has had no previous involvement,
volunteer or otherwise, with the Brandywine district, but has
been "involved with work related to education for 16 years."
prior connection to the District and-or children in district
schools are not prerequisites to serving on the board. She has
a strong background in educational policy and great knowledge of
Delaware standards, assessment, and curriculum."
board's unanimous vote followed an application and interview
process conducted by the board behind closed doors.
Superintendent Mark Holodick did not reveal her identity until
after the vote at a special meeting preceding a board 'workshop'
on Jan. 10. The board voted on a motion to approve the "item
discussed in executive session."
there were several inquiries about the position, but only two
persons actually applied. She did not identify the unsuccessful
candidate, but said he or she also was "highly qualified."
Noble's appointment is through June, when Heffernan's term was
to have expired. If she desires to remain on the board beyond
that point, she will have to stand for public election in May.