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Three City of Williamsburg women have applied to fill a seat on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board that will be vacated by longtime member Elise Emanuel at the end of 2015.
As of Nov. 10, Linda Hertzler, Julie Hummel and Delores Bagby have submitted applications for the seat.
A public hearing will be held Thursday during the City Council meeting so residents can share their opinions on the applicants. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Municipal Building, located at 401 Lafayette St.
While James City County holds elections for its five seats on the joint school board, the Williamsburg City Council appoints two representatives to four-year terms.
Emanuel, who has served for three terms, said she would not seek appointment to a fourth term. Her current term expires Dec. 31. The second seat is held by Kyra Cook, who was appointed in 2014.
Hertzler, 52, an owner of landscape design and construction company Hertzler & George, has lived in Williamsburg since 1998. Her daughter attended Matthew Whaley Elementary and Berkeley Middle schools. Although her daughter now attends Walsingham Academy, Hertzler said she volunteers regularly at WJCC schools.
“I love these kids and I really want to see the best for them,” Hertzler said. “I would like to use my creative energy and business expertise to do whatever I can, to roll up these sleeves and help these children.”
Hummel, 55, the associate director of program development and innovation for the undergraduate business program at William & Mary, has lived in Williamsburg since 2003. All three of her children attended and graduated from WJCC schools, Hummel said.
If appointed, Hummel said she would apply her experience working with William & Mary students to ensure WJCC students graduate with the “workplace competencies” they need to succeed in college or vocational work.
“I have just a real interest in giving back to the community and making sure our school system is the best that it can be for our community,” Hummel said.
Bagby has not yet responded to multiple requests for an interview.
Public comment on the appointment began during Monday’s City Council work session when John Strong, a city resident who said he was unable to attend the upcoming public hearing, urged the council members to select a “strong leader to represent the interests of the city’s kids.”
Strong said he wanted council members to take into consideration the dissension between current and some newly elected board members regarding whether the construction of the fourth middle school should move forward. He also highlighted the consequences of overcrowding at Matthew Whaley Elementary and Berkeley Middle.
Applications for the open seat will be accepted up until the Nov. 12 meeting.
City Council will announce and appoint the new representative during the Dec. 10 council meeting. The representative’s term will begin Jan. 1.