LIMA — A former Lima school board member who had hoped to be on the ballot last November is one of five candidates the board will interview to fill its empty seat.C. Ann Miles, whose term expired in December, filed her petition to run for re-election, but it was rejected for lack of a signature on the circulating petition. Miles is an accountant at Whirlpool.“I enjoyed being on the board,” Miles said while attending Tuesday’s regular school board meeting. “It’s unfortunate that it happened, but I’m ready to get back on the board and do what we can to help Lima City Schools students.”Board President Sandra Monfort said she hopes the board can begin interviewing candidates for the two-year appointment by the end of the month. By law, the board has until Feb. 9 to appoint someone.Nine candidates applied with the following being interviewed: Miles, Mila Schwabero, Debra Vobbe, Robert Nelson and Robert Corson.Monfort said all of the candidates were good, saying the board wants someone who has an interest in the school system.Schwabero is a retired teacher from Indian Lake schools. Vobbe is a Lima schools substitute teacher and also works as a volunteer instructor at St. Rita’s Medical Center. Nelson is working on his doctoral degree in pastoral counseling and has done research and lecturing for many years. Corson works at Reynolds Electric.Three seats were up for election this past November, but only incumbent Monfort and newcomer Marilyn Frueh sought office. The board decided Jan. 10 to seek applications for those interested in the vacant seat. The deadline was Tuesday. The board is using the same process to fill the seat as it did when Rick Hire resigned in the spring of 2005. Seven people expressed interest and were interviewed. The Rev. James Loughrin was selected, but did not seek another term.