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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 29, 2014

School board candidates registered

By Xiomara Levsen | Aug 02, 2013

Papers were due to the Washington County auditor’s office by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, for the school board election that will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Candidates needed to have their petitions turned in to the school district offices by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, said Washington Community School District business manager Jeffrey Dieleman.
Three of the seven school board positions are up for election in Washington, Dieleman said—Districts 2 and 5 and one at-large position.
“No papers were filed for District Two,” Dieleman said. “For District 5, Heidi Vittetoe filed papers and Patty Roe filed papers for the at-large position.”
District 2 would be left open for write-in votes after no one filed a petition for the district, Dieleman said.
In the Highland Community School District there are four of the six school board positions open, said Highland Community School District business manager Sue Rich.
Rachel Longbine filed papers for District 1, Kevin Engel filed papers for District 3, Lois Schneider for District 4, and Megan Allen, and Laura Scheetz for District 5, Rich said.
“All of the districts will be four-year terms except for District 4, which will be a two-year term,” Rich said. “That is because whoever fills that position will be finishing up Megan Allen’s term.”
Due to redistricting last year, Allen was moved from District 4 to 5. Currently, Cindy Michel currently holds the position for District 5 but won’t be running for re-election.
In the Keota School District, no one filed papers for the positions available on the school board, said Keota business office employee Cheri Westendorf. She couldn’t remember if this has happened in the school district before, but it hasn’t since she’s worked in the district for the past five years.
There will be three districts open for election in September, Westendorf said.
“Jared Lyle resigned from District 1 effective in July, so it will be on the ballot,” Westendorf said. “Then District’s 3 and 4 are open. All of the candidates will be written-in votes.”
Anyone who is written in on the ballot has to live in the Keota Community School District and must live in the area up for election, Westendorf said.
In the Mid-Prairie Community School District there aren’t specific districts candidates have to run for; they’re all at-large positions, said assistant business manager Cindy Malichky.
“Five people have filed papers,” Malichky said. “They are Jim Hussby, Stacia Bontrager, Jeremy Pickard, William Kinneer III, and Jeremy Statler.”
According to the school’s Web site, the school board has seven members. Four board members positions are up for election in September.


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