Three of seven school board seats expiring
Three of the seven seats on the Fairfield Community School District Board of Directors, held by Jeri Kunkle, Bob Waugh and Jennifer Anderson, expire in September.
Kunkle and Waugh both have indicated they will not seek re-election. Anderson intends to run for school board election again.
Election papers are available at the Administration/Curriculum/Technology Center, open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Any person who is a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, a resident of the school district and is eligible to be registered to vote may become a candidate for the school board. Board member terms are four years.
School board members devote many hours to public service and are not compensated for their time.
Candidates for the Fairfield school board need 50 signatures of eligible electors — meaning anyone signing a candidate’s petition to run for school board must be eligible to register to vote.
The first day to file school board nomination papers is July 8; the last day to file nomination papers is Aug. 1.
The district offices at A/C/T will remain open a half-hour later, until 5 p.m. on Aug. 1, for filing.
Iowa school board Election Day is Sept. 10. Polls will be open noon to 8 p.m.
Fairfield’s other four school board members are Jerry Nelson, Amy Miller, Jeremy Miller and Rich Metcalf. Each was elected for the first time in 2011 and their terms expire in 2015.
School board elections are held every odd-numbered year.
The Iowa Association of School Boards offers suggestions of what to look for in a school board candidate.
“While there is no ‘ideal’ board member profile, voters can look for these basic characteristics in candidates in order to elect effective board members. Candidates:
• Must have a laser-like focus on improving achievement for all students.
• Act with professionalism and integrity when monitoring district finances.
• Understand the board’s roles and responsibilities.
• Work well as a member of a team.
• Can commit the time and energy required to be effective.”
More information about school board elections, school board candidates and school board members’ roles is available on the Iowa Association of School Boards website, www.ia-sb.org or call the Fairfield district offices at 472-2655.