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Board of Education application deadline extended until Tuesday

The nominating panel would like as many names as possible.

Board of Education Vice President Wayne Walker speaks at the board’s Dec. 13 meeting. (Photo: Greg Windle)

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

For a second time, the Educational Nominating Panel has extended the deadline for applications to become a member of the Board of Education. Interested persons now have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

“By extending the deadline to Feb. 4, we hope to receive as many applications as possible while also staying on track to meet our Feb. 18 deadline to submit recommendations,” said Panel Chair Wendell Pritchett. “We want to ensure that we put forth the strongest possible slate of nominations, and that depends on a wide applicant pool.”

The deadline to apply was originally Jan. 24, but on that day, Board Vice President Wayne Walker announced that he would not seek reappointment, meaning there will be at least one new face on the nine-member board.

In the wake of Walker’s decision, the nominating panel extended the deadline until Jan. 31.

Mayor Kenney appoints the board, which took control of the District in 2018 after nearly two decades under the state-dominated School Reform Commission. The eight other members are expected to seek reappointment, and Kenney isn’t expected to engineer a major shakeup.

The nominating panel must nevertheless submit three names per seat, or 27 people.

Applications can be submitted through the City of Philadelphia’s online form or through paper forms available at City Hall (Room 115) and the Board of Education’s office (440 N. Broad St.)

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