The York City School Board has two applicants for its vacant seat, with a public interview coming up at the start of the new year.

Warren Bailey III and Jose Santiago applied for the seat formerly held by Beverly Atwater.

Atwater's seat was recently vacated by the board because its members no longer believe she lives in York City and they haven't heard from her in months, according to board president Margie Orr. Atwater also missed several meetings.

Rather than fill the seat by appointment as they did after the recent resignations of Gregg Nelson and Gary Calhoun, Orr said they wanted to open it up to the public this time.

Bailey recently served as principal at Logos Academy, a private school in York City, for four years. He now works as an independent contractor with a York City-based dental technology company.

Bailey, 34, said he has four children, two of whom are not in school yet. The other two go to Logos. Between being a dad and having a background working in education, serving on the York City School Board made sense, he said.

"It's an opportunity for me to use the background and skill set I offer," he said.

Bailey has lived in the city for seven years after moving to York from Baltimore.

Also interested: Santiago, a 1984 William Penn graduate, is an Army veteran and said in his letter to the school board that "serving on the school board would further my commitment to York."


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Santiago could not be reached for comment. He

is a plant/production manager at True Precision Plastics in Lancaster.

He has also served as vice commissioner of the York County Youth Football Association, as a member of the Parent Advocates for Children parade and rally committee, among other efforts.

The city school board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the administration building for public interviews with the candidates.

-- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdis patch.com