CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Board of Education met Monday for the first time in nearly 20 years without Bill Raglin as a member.
Raglin, 76, of Dunbar, died last week at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
The school board will meet Dec. 12 to determine how to fill Raglin's seat.
School board member Becky Jordon nominated member Robin Rector to replace Raglin as the board's vice president.
The board has less than 40 days to select a replacement for Raglin. That replacement will serve as an interim member until the seat is up for election in May, according to Kanawha County Schools attorney Jim Withrow.
"There's no specific mechanism or procedure for filling the vacancy other than by appointment of the board, so it would be this board's decision as to how to proceed," Withrow advised board members during a special session Monday.
At next Thursday's meeting, the board will not select Raglin's replacement, but will vote on how to proceed with the selection process: whether to accept outside applications or only allow board members to suggest names, and whether to conduct public or private interviews.
Jordon worried that the board was "dragging this out," and Rector said, "We're losing time here."