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JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The ‘Help Wanted’ sign is out at the Hillsboro School District. The district is accepting applications to fill three vacancies on the school board.

Members abruptly resigned last week, following protests over a transgender student at Hillsboro High School.

According to Missouri law, the Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller has the authority to appoint replacements when more than two positions become vacant at any one time.

“This will be independent of the school district. I've had discussions with Dr. Cornman over the last couple of weeks, so this process of selecting these three individuals – the school district will not have any involvement in that,” Waller said.

Three of the seven board members resigned without giving a specific reason. However, there have been several recent protests over transgender student wanting to use the girls’ locker room at Hillsboro High School.

Any district resident interested in serving on the board should apply at the Jefferson County Executive’s Office. Those appointments will expire with the April 2016 election.

Waller hopes to present the names of three candidates to the county council at its October 13 meeting.