Three school board seats open in coming election
With petitions being accepted for the coming Washington School Board election, two members whose terms expire this year have expressed interest in running for another term in office, while the third member has said she won’t run again.
Board members Heidi Vittetoe and Patty Roe have both say they will circulate petitions to remain on the school board. Board member Sheryl Lewis said that she does not intend to run again.
“I think the facilities was my big topic,” Lewis said. “Not that they are all solved, but we have gotten it under control. I have other interests in my life that I want to direct my attention to.”
The election will be held Sept. 10. Nominating papers are due to district business manager Jeff Dieleman by 5 p.m. Aug. 1. Petitions to run require 50 signatures. Papers are available at the school district office or at the secretary of state’s Web site.
Although saying she planned to run again, Vittetoe said that if anyone else in her district wants to run, she said that she would not stand in the way. She went on to say that she hopes to help the district continue the work that it has been doing over the last several years.
“We’ve made good progress and I want to see that continue,” Vittetoe said.
Roe also said she was interested in helping the district progress during the next term.
“I am enjoying it,” she said. “I think this board is a good working machine so if the voters want me to work for them again I will.”
Dieleman said he had given Roe and Vittetoe nominating papers at the regular school board meeting Wed-nesday evening and that no one else has requested the papers.
Due to the recent census, the voter districts for the Wash-ington School District have changed. District 2 —the district that would be represented by Lewis — is the northeast corner of the school district, and is to the east of Fourth Avenue and north of 11th Street. District 5 – Vittetoe’s district — is the rural southern part of the district. Roe will run for one of two at-large seats.
School board members are required to live in the district they represent, but all citizens of the Washington School District get to vote on the representatives.