PITTSBURG — A seat is vacant on the USD 250 school board after the may resignation of Board Member BJ Harris.

At the July 23 school board meeting there will be an open session to select a new member. Two weeks prior to that date the district will place an advertisement in The Morning Sun calling for applications. During the July 23 meeting, the applications will be openly reviewed and the candidates will be interviewed in open session then selected during an open vote.

Harris said he left the board because of the nepotism policy recommended by the Kansas Association of School Boards, which states: “Except in an emergency, the board will not employ anyone who is the father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, step -son, step - daughter, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law of any board member.”

Harris’ wife recently graduated with her second degree at Pittsburg State University College of Education in May. There she received the Delta Kappa Gamma/Lyla Vaughn Award for her outstanding achievements as an elementary education student.

Harris said it means a lot to her to teach at Pittsburg Community Schools.

In the fall of 2016, Harris was elected to the school board and although he has left the board he feels positive about the future of USD 250.

“I enjoyed it, one of the joys of my life was serving on the board,” he said. “I’m excited about where I’m leaving off.”

He said the leadership in place — along with the new superintendent and assistant superintendent —  are moving the district forward.

“The two are going to have a huge effect in the community,” Harris said.

Harris said he is committed to serving the community and looks forward in serving in other ways in the near future.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.