Update included about Leach and from Gov. Rick Scott's office:
Broward school board member Katie Leach officially steps down in a few days and Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t appear to be in any rush to fill the vacancy.
Leach, one of only two GOPers on the board, announced in late October that she was leaving due to her husband getting a new job in California. Her resignation letter stated she would leave on Dec. 21. The school district's communications office told us Leach was not expected to attend the last meeting of the year tomorrow but Leach contacted us and said she will be there.
A Scott spokeswoman said today that there is no timeline for Scott to appoint a replacement.
Several people have applied for the opening including Bayview elementary PTA president Heather Brinkworth, a former Broward reading teacher who has the backing of Leach and former state sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale). Brinkworth changed her voter registration from independent to Republican in October.
The other applicant to watch is retired Broward principal Wanda Ross who is married to Broward Judge Dale Ross. Wanda Ross is a Republican and backed by former Republican state legislator and county commissioner Jim Scott.
There have been rumors that Fort Lauderdale attorney Alexis Yarbrough plans to apply but Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said that she hasn't so far. Yarbrough's husband is Shane Strum, a former chief of staff to Gov. Charlie Crist and a past Broward GOP chair.
After Tuesday, the next regular school board meeting isn’t until Jan. 22. There are nine members on the board so a vacancy could leave the board with some tie votes.