January 3, 2002

Candidates Filing To Serve On Scotland County's School Boards

The Missouri School Boards' Association reminds all interested citizens that the first day of candidate filing for the April 2002 school board elections was December 18.

In Scotland County there are two school boards that will fill vacancies in this election.

The Gorin R-III district will fill three seats on the school board. As of December 27, all three incumbents have filed for re-election and at this time face no opposition. Filing for re-election were William Roach, Cindy Orton and Mike Parrish.

The Scotland County R-I District will fill three seats on the board of education. At press time only two candidates had filed for the position. Incumbent George Koontz will seek re-election. He will be joined on the ballot by Scott Brassfield. At this time incumbents Paul Campbell and Paula Neese have not filed for re-election.

"School board service is an important and satisfying way to make a contribution to your community," says Missouri School Boards' Association President Mike Rohman, a school board member in the Ritenour School District. "Local school boards set the policies under which our public schools operate and provide the citizen leadership that is so essential to the success of our schools."

"School boards are dealing with increasingly complex challenges. I encourage citizens with a sincere interest in their community's children and the quality of their education to consider running for their local school board," Rohman adds.

The last day for school board filing is January 15, 2002. School board elections will be held on April 2.

To assist citizens who are considering running for school board office, the Missouri School Boards' Association is supplying local school districts with several copies of MSBA's Board Candidate Guide. This booklet describes the legal qualifications for school board candidacy and provides some guidance on the roles and responsibilities of local boards of education. The Board Candidate Guide is free and available from your local school district office or you can request a copy by calling the Missouri School Boards' Association at (573) 445-9920.

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