Thinking of running for the board?

Six of the seven seats on the District 9-R Board of Education will be up for re-election in the fall. Three will be four-year seats, and three will be two-year seats. In order to run for any of the seats, a candidate must live within the director district that the seat represents.

The director districts coming up for re-election are: B, C, D, E, F and G. For more information about the director districts, including district boundaries, visit http://board.durangoschools.org. Select “Board District Maps” in the left-column to view board districts using Google maps. Prospective candidates can enter their address to find their director district.

To be qualified for this election, a candidate must have been a registered elector and a resident of the school district for at least 12 consecutive months before the election, and a current resident of the director district that they may represent. No one can serve on the school board who has been convicted of an offense against a child.

There are many expectations the district sets forth for various qualities and attributes we seek in our elected board members. They include a passion for education as well as a genuine concern for achievement of all students. Elected school board members must have a broad view of the district, be non-partisan and possess immediate skills and knowledge on K-12 education. We also desire candidates who are dedicated, trustworthy and fair, and can dedicate the required time to attend events, work sessions and board meetings throughout the year.

Applications are available starting Wednesday at the Administration Building at 201 E. 12th St.

Please see Jane Schold in the superintendent’s office to obtain the petition as well as other pertinent information relevant to running for the board.

Interested candidates must obtain 50 or more signatures, and the petition must be turned in by Aug. 30 in order to run for a seat. People who sign the petition do not need to be in the director district the potential candidate is running for, but they do need to be a registered voter within the school district in order for their signature to count.

This year, Election Day falls on Nov. 5.

— School District 9-R