Nearly a hundred people show up at the North Scott school board meeting Wednesday night.
Emotions were running high over a now vacant position.
It all started last Tuesday, when three new school board members were elected.
Then, on Friday, long time and beloved member Dennis, or Denny, Albertson passed away, creating an open seat
His death, a shock.
Then Tuesday, the outgoing school board called an emergency meeting
"The purpose of this meeting tonight was simply to convene the sitting board one last time before the new board is sworn in," said Joe Slater, current president of the North Scott School Board.
But on the meeting agenda, a call for discussion, and appointment of someone to fill Denny's seat.
Which is what got North Scott community members riled up.
More than 85 people filled the room.
"I came out because I was concerned that we were gonna have a meeting that was gonna ram–rod things through without any public input," said Rob White of Eldridge.
In the end, the outgoing school board decided to simply discuss tonight, not make any appointments.
Some think the decision was due to public pressure.
"I think they need to take more time and listen to the people and not just make decisions based on one, their emotional feeling about what's going on right now, it has to be based on a business decision," said Bev Curtis of Eldridge.
But everyone could agree Denny's shoes will be hard to fill.
"We miss Denny immensely. And there's nobody that's going to replace Denny. He was a one of a kind man, big heart," said Frank Wood, associate principal at North Scott High School.
If the school board does not appoint someone to fill Denny's seat within thirty days, they'll have to hold a special district wide election.
The new school board will be sworn in this Monday.
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