HOW TO BE A BOARD MEMBER!
USD 289 will have four open positions this spring for Board of Education. Local school boards make public schools responsive to the needs and concerns of the community and it also assures a measure of local control in the educational decision making that occurs.
HOW TO FILE: The legal qualifications for local school board members are that one needs to be a registered voter in the school district and cannot be employed by USD 289. USD 289 is comprised of 2 positions in 3 geographical areas, North, South and City. Addtionally there is one At-Large position to equal a 7 member board.
School board elections are held on the first Tuesday of April in odd-numbered years. Therefore, this year’s school board member election will be held in on April 7th. Any district patron who is a registered voter of the school district and lives in the area of the district for which they are seeking office may file for that position through the deadline date of noon, January 27, 2015.
There are two ways to file for election. The first is to pay a filing fee to the county clerk in the Franklin County Courthouse in Ottawa. A person also may become a candidate by filing a petition with the county election officer. The petition must contain signatures of registered voters of the school district of the geographic area from which the board member is to be elected. You may check with the county clerk to verify which board of education district you reside in, what the filing fee is, or how to file a petition.
School board member districts up for election in 2015 are:
Position #1 – Wellsville City
Position #2 – North District (North of Shawnee Road)
Position #3 – South District (South of Shawnee Road)
Position #7 – At Large
All positions are four-year terms that will expire on June 30, 2019.
QUALIFICATIONS OF BOARD MEMBERS: Although legal requirements for board members are few, the qualifications for effective service are many. The board member should:
* Have a broad background of experience and knowledge
* Be visionary, able to understand the forces of societal change and to plan for the future
* Be tolerant and without prejudice
* Understand education today is complex, and simplistic approaches will not meet today’s challenges
* Be willing to invest your time in preparing for Board Meetings and other meetings that may involve you.
* Have a sincere desire to serve the community
* Be responsive to human needs of individuals and groups
* Above all, have the capability to learn and grow as one becomes more aware of the responsibilities of one of the most important elective bodies in our society.
Decision-making authority is vested in the board of education, not in individual members. USD 289 Board of Education members are a team, working for every student in this district. Teamwork is a key part of this service.
USD289 vision statement is “Empowering a community of lifelong learners”. We believe our goal is provide a path for our students to fit this statement.
REMINDER: WHO TO CALL?
If you need to reach any of our schools please dial the appropriate office phone number.
Middle School 883-4350
High School 883-2057
District Office 883-2388
Bus Barn 883-2114
District Office Hours:
7:30 am - 4:00 pm, M-F