Chris Nelms

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Lannis Timmons, a long-time high school basketball coach, has been chosen by the Cincinnati Board of Education to fill the vacancy left by the death last month of board member Chris Nelms.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the Cincinnati Board of Education's task of combing through 25 applicants for the seat of school board member Chris Nelms, who died last month. All of this is taking place while there is an election on the November ballot for four seats on the school board. 

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Cincinnati Public Schools opens the search for a new board member Friday. The death of Chris Nelms earlier this month created the vacancy.

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Chris Nelms – an eight-year member of the Cincinnati Board of Education – died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.

"Chris and I were running mates three times; and we were very close,'' said Eve Bolton, his close friend and fellow school board member. "There is a terrible sense of loss on the board and in the community. He was the moral compass of the school board."