MATTOON — The Mattoon school board has announced plans to appoint a new member to fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Bill Standerfer.

The appointment will be the focus of a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Board of Education Office, 1701 Charleston Ave.

During this meeting, the board is scheduled to go into closed session to discuss prospective new board members and then return to open session to vote on the proposed appointment.

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If appointed, the new member will be seated at the board's Dec. 10 meeting. This board member will then serve out the remainder of Standerfer's term through April 2021.

Standerfer, owner of Standerfer Construction in Mattoon, had served on the board for more than 14 years.

The school district reported that Standerfer did not give a reason for stepping down when he announced his resignation at the Nov. 15 board meeting. Contacted Tuesday by the newspaper, Standerfer said he resigned due to a personal matter and declined further comment.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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