Several slots have been filled by candidates seeking spots on the North Adams, Adams Central and South Adams school board. But with the filing deadline but a short time away, some seats remained without candidates to fill them.
By mid-afternoon on Wednesday, the list of candidates for two District 1 (city of Decatur) seats on the North Adams school board had grown to four: incumbent Tim Ehlerding and newcomers Bob Thomas, Derek Vrablic and Alan Converset. No candidate had stepped forward for election to either of the two seats from District 2 (rural) on the North Adams board.
This fall will be the first time voters will select members of the North Adams board as the panel begins the transformation from an appointed body to an elected one. The board will also increase from its current five-member make-up to seven members on January 1, 2013.
Four candidates had filed petitions seeking election to the South Adams board by Wednesday afternoon, including two candidates who are seeking one board seat.
Incumbent Arlene Amstutz was joined by newcomer Cheryl Caffee in seeking the District 2 seat on the South Adams board. Incumbent Julie Mansfield has filed for the District 5 seat.
In District 6, newcomer Gresham Bearss filed his petition of candidacy for the seat currently held by Steve Dobler. Dobler has not filed a petition. Similarly, no candidate has yet stepped forward for the District 4 seat on the South Adams board that is currently held by John Buckingham.
A vacancy also remained on Wednesday for candidates seeking spots on the Adams Central school board. No candidate had yet filed for the school district's at-large seat, currently held by Mike Brown.
Three AC board incumbents have announced plans to seek re-election, including Brian Tonner in District 1, Steven Bailey in District 5 and John Sipe in District 6.