The Akron school board is accepting applications to replace John Otterman, a school board member who resigned last week in the wake of a suspected drug overdose.

People interested must submit a letter of interest, resume and a questionnaire no later than 5 p.m. Thursday.

The questionnaire is on the district’s website at https://tinyurl.com/akronschoolboardvacancy.

The resume, letter of interest and completed questionnaire can be emailed to mclackle@apslearns.org, or dropped off in a sealed envelope to 70 N. Broadway St. to the attention of Marilyn Clackler, the board secretary.

Board President Patrick Bravo said board members will begin reviewing information on Friday, and interviews will tentatively take place on Feb. 10 at board offices.

The board will make its decision and vote on the appointment Feb. 12.

The board has a month from Otterman’s resignation date, which was Jan. 23, to fill the vacancy.

The person who fills the vacancy will serve the remainder of Otterman’s term, which is through 2019.

Otterman, 57, pleaded not guilty to possession of marijuana during an arraignment last week in Akron Municipal Court.

Earlier this month, Akron police found Otterman unconscious in the driver’s seat of a car on East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue after an apparent drug overdose. Paramedics used four doses of naloxone, an opiate overdose reversal drug, to revive him. He was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital for further treatment.

Police say they found a white substance that tested positive for fentanyl, an opioid used as a pain medication, in the car along with marijuana.

Otterman was issued an immunity form in lieu of arrest for the fentanyl. Ohio’s Good Samaritan Law offers immunity to people who overdose up to two times and want to seek assistance for their addiction.