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The process to select a North Adams Board of Education member essentially is starting all over again after Decatur City Council on Tuesday deadlocked over its appointment, the final one the city will make before the board becomes one that is elected.
Ben Faurote, who currently holds the seat in question, and newcomer Stacey Bussel received two votes apiece last night and there was no tie-breaker since Councilman Bill Crone was vacationing and not at the meeting.
Mayor John Schultz said he didn't feel he should break the tie since he had missed the interview of Bussel. And Crone also missed the interviews held earlier in the day.
So the process will start anew next Tuesday with a second round of interviews by all five council members and the mayor.
Prior to the voting last night, Councilman Ken Meyer said both candidates "are highly qualified" and "eager to serve." He added that he hoped the one who didn't get the position would run for a seat when the elections begin.
Then it was time to vote: Councilmen Cam Collier and Matt Dyer voted for Bussel, while Meyer and Councilman Charlie Cook went with Faurote, who was selected by the school board when Gary Giessler resigned effective May 1 of 2010.
With Crone due to return Friday, it was decided that Bussel and Faurote would be interviewed at 5 and 5:20, respectively, next Tuesday in council chambers, then another vote will be held. The special meeting will be open to the public.
The appointment must be made by May 1. The four-year term will begin July 1.