Fifth school board seat filled by Gov. Scott appointment
By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- With the appointment of Dale Simchick to the Indian River County School Board, the governing body is at full capacity and future board votes should have a clear majority.
On Nov. 19, Gov. Rick Scott called Ms. Simchick, a former Sebastian City councilwoman, to say she was his choice to finish the term of former school board member Jeff Pegler, who resigned for an employment opportunity. Ms. Simchick's appointed term will last through Nov. 11, 2014.
"I was very honored that Gov. Scott called me personally. This is very exciting and now it's about getting to work," Ms. Simchick said.
Ms. Simchick is the general service administrator for the Indian River County Sheriff's Office and holds a seat on the school board of the Sebastian Charter Junior High School board. She will have to resign from that board now that she has been appointed to fill Mr. Pegler's seat on the county-wide board.
"I had a large amount of people in the community who wrote letters of support and I hope I have the opportunity to call them all and thank them," Ms. Simchick said.
Gov. Scott interviewed Ms. Simchick about one month ago as he was narrowing the field of applicants, but last week's call was still very sudden and unexpected, though welcome, Ms. Simchick said.
Nearly 20 people applied for the appointment to represent District 2. Specific boundary lines of the district can be found on the Indian River County school district website, but in general, the district encompasses southern Sebastian, Wabasso and the northern parts of the barrier island.
In order to be elected to a specific seat on the school board, applicants must live in the district, and Ms. Simchick does, which means she would be eligible to run to continue serving on the school board in the 2014 election.
For more information about the Indian River County school district, visit www.indianriverschools.org,