14 apply for Southeastern board seat

The Southeastern Local School District Board of Education received 14 applications to fill a seat vacated by the resignation of Tammy Stoops last week following a felony conviction in Madison County.

The board was delighted to see so many impressive individuals apply and attend a special meeting on Monday, President Tony Entler said.

“Each individual gave a short statement as to why they applied to be on the board,” he said.

The board discussed the applicants and will appoint someone to the seat at the regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. April 25 at the board office.

The people who applied for the board seat are: Paul A. Lyons, Mindi R. Brown, Debra McAfee, Jonathan L. Henry, Kari Calborn, Larry Tillman, Tyler Banion, Cole Sesslar, John A. Alduino, Frances Edwards, Nathan Neff, Hans Eriksen, David Saunders, Julie M. Weller.

Stoops entered a guilty plea to felony theft in office in Madison County Common Pleas Court on April 12 and resigned from the board the same day.

She admitted to mishandling cash she was responsible for at her job with Madison County’s juvenile court from which she was terminated in August.

As the chief probation officer for the court, she was accused of not processing two cash payments for restitution, then trying to move $1,800 from a grant fund to cover that money.

Stoops is scheduled to be sentenced on May 16. The fourth-degree felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.