Breaking News: Board announces finalists to fill vacancy

Ethan Weihl
Video Editor

School board member Arnold Stricker has moved from the district leaving a vacancy to be filled by one of three candidates: Joel Oliver, Brian McQueary and Erin Gunn.  Photo from the Webster Groves School District

Superintendent John Simpson announced the three finalists to fill the vacancy left by Arnold Stricker. Those candidates are Joel Oliver, Brian McQueary and Erin Gunn. 

Oliver was previously elected to the school board from 2013-2016, and McQueary and Gunn both have prior education experience. These candidates were selected from a list of eight who applied for the position.

“We had a really strong candidate pool,” Simpson said.

Stricker resigned because he moved out of the district.

As for next steps, Simpson said the three candidates will go through a public interview process. Dates for those sessions are to be determined.

 Simpson said via email, “The ideal candidate will possess similar attributes to Dr. Stricker [and will] want to become a board member to help support all kids; not just because of a personal agenda.”

The candidate who is selected to fill the vacancy will only serve until April 2020. After that, he/she will decide whether or not to run for the school board to serve another two years. There will also be three other board seats up for election with full, three-year terms.


Ethan Weihl – Video Editor

This is senior Ethan Weihl’s second year on ECHO Staff. He previously served as News Editor.  He has not decided on college yet, but he wants to major in Political Science, History and/or Journalism.


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