The board interviewed six candidates during a special meeting Tuesday night before appointing Dennis Devlin. He was on the board from 2008 until losing his seat in last month's election.
Devlin will fill the seat vacated by former board President Dina Horne, who resigned in November. Horne was unable to finish her term, which expires in November 2014, because her family moved out of the district.
Board President Paul Aldridge said 16 candidates applied for the seat. Six were interviewed after a subcommittee narrowed down the list.
“That shows great community support,” Aldridge said.
Candidates were asked several questions in the interviews — including the qualities they would like to see students graduate with, changes they would like to see in the district and what they hope to accomplish on the board.
Aldridge said all of the candidates were outstanding. When it came down to making a decision, the school board president said he thinks experience might have been the determining factor.
Devlin also has experience in the education field including teaching at Grand Valley State University. He said he applied for the vacant seat because he wants to continue his work on the board and continue solving school district issues.
“Keep Spring Lake one of the top schools in the state,” Devlin said about what he hopes to accomplish during his second term on the board.