Fisher explained state law gives the school board 30 days to fill the vacancy. He said those 30 days began on Oct. 15, the date Stolz wrote his letter of resignation -- which Stolz said was “effective immediately.”

Fisher said the board’s Nov. 11 meeting is the only one scheduled within that 30-day period.

Ballard said the school district will announce the board vacancy on its website, beginning Tuesday, and also quickly will advertise it in local newspapers.

He said the deadline for applications will be 4 p.m. Nov. 7.

Ballard said all the candidates will be interviewed in public at 6 p.m. Nov. 11, just before the 7:30 p.m. board meeting.

At the 7:30 p.m. meeting, an appointee will be selected, immediately given the oath of office and seated with the rest of the school board.

The board formally voted its agreement with that schedule. Board members will develop questions that will be put to the candidates at their public interviews.

Also at Monday's meeting:

East Penn HS National Merit semi-finalists

East Penn School District officials honored five National Merit semi-finalists.  The students are Alan Bebout, Robert Bishop, Aife Ni Chochlain, Katrina Guido and Anna Overholts. They are flanked by school board president Charles Ballard (left) and district superintendent Thomas Seidenberger.