Central York school board appoints new member

Jessica Schladebeck

The Central York school board welcomed a new face to their ranks during their meeting on Monday evening.

LOGO - education

Central York School District's newest board member Joseph Gothie filled the open seat for the first time this week after beating out the other four top candidates for the position. The district opened the application process to the public last month and then interviewed the applicants in a public forum last week at the district's education service center.

"We were really blessed to have 10 people — all of of whom were really qualified — to apply," board member Gregory Lewis said. "We could pick a name out of a hat and not lose out."

From there the board picked the top five candidates, and four out of the five of them were then nominated for the open seats.

After a series of votes, the board was left with two potential candidates: Gothie and Jane Johnson, who ran for a seat in this year's election. There were five available seats and Johnson came in sixth. In the end Gothie, who is an attorney with a firm in York City, collected the five required votes to fill the seat.

The seat was vacated by Michael J. Snyder, the owner of Mike Snyder Service Center, Inc. in York, who officially resigned in early February. Snyder had served on the board for nearly eight years.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.