Wake School board looks to fill seat left vacant by unexpected death

— The Wake County school board had a full agenda Tuesday night and one of the top items include filling the seat left vacant when Zora Felton died last month.

Felton died unexpectedly at age 65 last month, just days after being reelected to the school board. Her District 7 seat has remained vacant since her death.

School leaders said they are putting out a call for applications to fill the vacancy and candidates will be interviewed by current board members.

The board will vote to appoint the new member in late January.

“I am hoping the next school board will bring their specific passion, but also their expertise,” said school board chair Monika Johnson-Hostler. “I think, for me, as a non-educator, I am really looking to see how many retired educators, whether that is teachers or administrators, who are also interested.”

Felton was a retired educator and had served on the school board since 2013.

Tuesday night, school board members were also expected to discuss budgets and bonuses for some employees, as well as the contract for Superintendent Jim Merrill.

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