2018-07-08 / Front Page

Deadline for school board elections is July 24

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

Those interested in running for school board seats in this year’s November election have until July 24 at 4 p.m. to file for the election. To be eligible for election, candidates must be American citizens; they must also be qualified and registered voters living within the school district in which they are running.

The Michigan Secretary of State elections webpage www.michigan.gov/ elections advises candidates to obtain assistance first by contacting the election official who is designated for receiving filings for the specific office sought. The designated election officials are listed below with each school district.

Candidates are required to provide an affidavit of identity, along with either a nominating petition with the signatures of the required number of registered voters, or $100 in lieu of the signatures. The Michigan Bureau of Elections requires that all petitions used by candidates are in the form required under Michigan election law. Petition forms, affidavit of identity and financial disclosure forms can be obtained through any county clerk’s office.

The local school board positions are nonpartisan. As a result, they won’t appear on the ballot until November.

Below is the information pertaining to each of the local school districts within the Tri-County Citizen coverage area.

CHESANING UNION SCHOOLS

Chesaning Union Schools has four seats on the November ballot. These four positions are currently held by Martin Maier, Becky Butcher and Scott Kohagen. All four positions are six-year terms.

Those interested in running for seats on the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education must file the necessary paperwork with Chesaning Township Clerk Fran Kukulis before 4 p.m. on July 24. The Chesaning Township Office is open: Monday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and Friday 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The office is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.

MONTROSE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Montrose Community Schools has three school board seats on the November ballot; they are all four-year terms. These three positions are currently held by Annie Rodgers, Coetta Adams and Paul Wade.

Petitions for seats on the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education must be filed with the Montrose Community Schools central office. The central office is located at the Fehr Drive entrance to Hill-McCloy High School. Call Montrose central office for hours (810) 591-8800.

NEW LOTHROP PUBLIC SCHOOLS

New Lothrop Public Schools has five school board seats on the November ballot; four four-year terms, one two-year term. These five positions are currently held by Richard White, Greg Ruddy, Kevin Birchmeier, Jessica Unangst and Joseph Henige.

Petitions for seats on the New Lothrop Public Schools Board of Education must be filed with the Maple Grove Township Clerk Tish Yaros at the Maple Grove Township office before 4 p.m. on July 24. The Maple Grove Township office is open Mondays and Thursdays from noon until 5 p.m.

ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

St. Charles Community Schools has six seats on the November ballot; of these, four seats are four-year terms, two are two-year terms. The school board members currently serving in these six positions are Hunter Koch, Laurasue Holcomb, Duane Reyhl, Michael Roth, Jennifer Jimenez and Susan Fear. Petitions for seats on the St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education must be filed with St. Charles Township Clerk Joe Krawczyk before 4 p.m. on July 24.

The St. Charles Township Office hours are: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (but closed between noon and 1 p.m.); and Thursdays 8 a.m. until noon.

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