3 seek NA board seat; Incumbent in field

    Two women are among three candidates seeking a seat on the North Adams Board of Education, a seat to be filled by Decatur City Council.
    Ben Faurote, who currently holds the seat, filed an application to seek what would be his first full term. The other candidates who filed before last Saturday's deadline are Stacey Bussel and Ada Steiner.
    All three are city residents, which they must be to be eligible for the seat.
    At its meeting tonight, city council is expected to establish a date for interviews of the three candidates. Then it's likely that the selection will be made by council at its April 17 meeting.
    The four-year term begins July 1.
    This will be the final appointment made by council as board members will begin to be elected starting this fall. The elected board's terms will be staggered, with the first member to be chosen in the November election, then begin serving a four-year term in 2013.
    Eventually, North Adams will have a seven-member elected board.
    Faurote replaced the last city appointee, Gary Giessler, when the latter resigned effective May 1 of 2010. Faurote was appointed by other members of the NA board to fill the position.