Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2006

Four school board posts are up for grabs

December 21, 2006

Elections aren't until April, but anyone interested in running for a spot on the Baldwin Board of Education has less than one month to officially file for the position.

Everybody running for any of the school board positions must file at the Douglas County Clerk's office by noon on Jan. 23. There is a $5 filing fee and paperwork that must be filled out.

There are four of the seven school board positions open for re-election in April.

"They need to know which positions are up for election," Supt. Paul Dorathy said. "They are position No. 1, Alison Bauer, No. 2, Lonnie Broers, No. 3, Blaine Cone, and No. 7, Scott Lauridsen, at large position."

The only school board member that has decided not to run for re-election is Broers. He announced his decision at the Dec. 11 meeting.

"I've served my 10 years and it's not that I don't enjoy it, it just becomes taxing after a while," Broers said. "I just wanted to let people know that I will not be running for re-election."

Broers' position is a two-year term. He is position No 2 in district two.

Board President Bauer said she will be running again for her position. She said one of her reasons has to do with learning to be a better board member over time.

"For one thing, it takes time to be a board member," Bauer said. "It is a challenging job, but it is rewarding. I'm looking forward to working with Mr. Dorathy and moving the district in a new direction."

Bauer sits in position No. 1, which is located in district one of the voting area. Her position is a four-year term.

Lauridsen and Cone said they are both undecided on whether or not they will run for re-election.

"I haven't decided yet," Lauridsen said. "Sometimes I'm one way and other days I lean the opposite way. I'm on the fence right now."

Lauridsen holds the at-large position at No. 7. It is also a four-year term.

Cone said Monday night that she has not decided whether or not she will run for re-election in April. She serves district three on position No. 3, which is a four-year term.

Anyone wanting to run for a school board position must be a registered voter in the Baldwin district. Dorathy said information can be found on-line or at the county clerk's office in Lawrence.

The elected board members will take their positions as of July 1.

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