School board filing deadline is Friday

    Noon on Friday is the deadline for potential school board members at all three Adams County schools to declare their candidacies.
    Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart has announced that anyone interested in becoming a candidate for any of the three public boards in Adams County must submit the required paperwork prior to that deadline. Candidate forms are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the clerk’s office in the courthouse.
    On Monday morning, a noticeable shortage of candidates was apparent. A clerk's office employee said there had been no filings for four appointed seats on the South Adams School board. Three candidates have filed their petitions for appointment to the Adams Central School board, including incumbents Brian Tonner in District 1, John Sipe in District 6 and Steve Bailey in District 5.
    For the first time this year, residents of the North Adams school district will have the opportunity to vote for school board members.
    Four members will be elected to the North Adams board during November's general election.
    This fall's election, which begins the lengthy transformation of the school board from an appointed body to an elected one, will also mark the expansion of the board from a five-member panel to a seven-member board.
    Voters will elect two candidates from District 1 — which includes the corporation limits of the city of Decatur — and two candidates from District 2 — which includes Union Township, Root Township, Preble Township, and the northern two miles of Washington Township.
    Only two candidates had placed their names in contention as of Monday for four seats on the North Adams Community Schools' board that will be filled by voters this November. Filing the necessary paperwork to date are Robert Thomas and Derek Vrablic, both residents of District 1.    
    Current North Adams board president Tim Ehlerding said in a statement Monday he intends to file as a District 1 candidate later this week.
    The top vote-getter in each district will receive a four-year term that will start Jan. 1, 2013.
    If an incumbent board member (Ehlerding in District 1 and/or Debra Bergman in District 2) is the top vote-getter, that individual will automatically earn a new term on the board, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The appointed seat that would be vacated by one or both of the incumbents would then be filled by appointment by the school board.
    The second-place vote-getters in each district, if not appointed to fill a board vacancy, would take office on July 1, 2014.
    According to board attorney Scott Ainsworth, the fall election in 2014 will see one at-large board candidate elected, in addition to one candidate each from District 1 and District 2.