SIOUX CITY -- A group of Sioux City public school district residents failed Thursday to force a special election for a vacant seat on the school board.
The remaining six board members now will proceed with their plan to appoint a replacement for Mike Krysl at Monday's regularly scheduled board meeting. Krysl, the former board president, resigned last month with more than a year left on his four-year term.
State law gave district voters 14 days after the published notice of the board’s intent to fill the vacancy by appointment to gather enough signatures to require a special election this fall. By Thursday's deadline, they needed to collect signatures equal to at least 30 percent of the number of voters in the last school board election, or 1,065.
The board's secretary and the authorized filing officer, Cynthia Lloyd, examined the petitions and found only 302 valid signatures had been turned in by the deadline, according to a statement from the district.
"As such, it has not been accepted and has been returned to the filer," the statement said.
Under state law, if the board does not make an appointment to fill the vacancy by July 19, it would trigger a special election for either Aug. 21 or Aug. 28, according to the district.
At Monday night's meeting, the board will choose from three residents that applied for the vacant seat.
The candidates include John Meyers, a former school board member, and Miyuki Nelson, who unsuccessfully ran for one of three open board seats in 2017. The third candidate is Monique Scarlett, who is a Wealth Management Client Representative at US Bank, and also serves on the Sioux City Human Rights Commission.
Meyers is a retired city finance director, and Nelson is a volunteer on the school district's Advisory Committee for the school district. Nelson also lost a November 2016 special election to Meyers, who was appointed earlier that year to a vacant seat on the board.
The candidate the board appoints Monday will serve the reminder of Krysl's term, which expires with the November 2019 election.
Krysl, a board member since 2011 who had served as president all but one of those years, said he resigned because he was worn down from the job and wanted to spend more time with his family.