Levon Manzie’s victory in the Mobile City Council District 2 race means an opportunity for someone else to enter the public arena — by joining the Mobile County Public School System Board of School Commissioners. However, the deadline is quickly approaching.

Before Manzie won the council race, he was District 4’s school board commissioner. During the campaign, Manzie said if elected, he would resign, which he did Oct. 23.

Now the MCPSS is looking for someone to fulfill Manzie’s remaining term … quickly.

People interested in the being on the board should submit a resume and letter of interest to MCPSS Superintendent Martha Peek courtesy of Secretary of the Board at 1 Magnum Pass Mobile, Alabama 36618. The resume and letter must be in by noon Nov. 1.

The current board will select the next member, which is state law and has been done before when Fleet Bell and Judy Stout were placed on the school board.

Interested people should know there are some qualifications for the position.

The applicant must have lived in District 4 for at least a year and not be currently employed by the MCPSS. The person must also not be serving on a governing board of a private elementary or secondary school. A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

The MCPSS states the board member must “be a person of good moral character.” The applicant cannot be on the National Sex Offender Registry or the state sex offender registry and cannot have been convicted of a felony.

The current members of the board are expected to hold interviews on Nov. 6, but if there are a high number of applicants, the interviews could go into Nov. 7.

All questions and inquires should be directed to Martha L. Peek at 251-221-4394.

The Board has tentatively set a meeting for Nov. 13 at noon for a Special Called Board Meeting to address the nominations.