The York Suburban school board appointed a new member from a pool of eight candidates Monday to fill a vacancy.

The board held a special meeting Monday night in order to fill the seat of William Kirk, who resigned in November.

The candidates submitted applications before the meeting that included several open-ended questions. During the meeting candidates gave an opening statement, answered four questions asked by board members and gave closing statements.

Board members nominated four candidates to vote on; Emily Clark, John Posenau, Greg Potts and Joshua Carney. John Posenau was the first candidate to receive the five votes needed to win the appointment.

Posenau, 63, said in a phone interview after the meeting that he was interested in the school board position because he wants to continue the excellent programs the school district offers.

His two children graduated from York Suburban, and the new board member said he was impressed with the well-rounded education they received.

"Now's the time for me to start giving back," Posenau said.

Posenau said he knows the years ahead could be difficult based on budget forecasts, but he wants to ensure there is balance between the needs of the students and the needs of the taxpayers.

Posenau works at Johns Hopkins as the director of business services for development and alumni relations.

He was sworn in and will be seated at Monday's meeting. His term will expire in December 2015.

President Roger Miller reminded all of the candidates that elections will be held again in two years and encouraged them to run for election then.

-- Shannon Prusak contributed to this report. Reach Nikelle Snader at