Perhaps no other endeavor has more importance to the future than the education of today's youth, a process not only involving students, parents and professional educators but the entire community.
Serving on a school board is a means to have a impact on the future of the nation and of the world.
We are currently in the filing period for those willing to be on the ballot for the school board elections held throughout the state on Sept. 9.
The deadline for filing a petition to be on the ballot is July 31.
The minimum number of signatures needed to be on the ballot varies from district to district based on the number of voters in the district. The county auditor's office recommends that the candidate collects a number of signatures well above the minimum to avoid potential problems from challenged signatures.
In the Cherokee District, 47 signatures are required to be on the ballot. All positions are at-large in the Cherokee District. The seats currently held by Kirk Sampson and Deb Johnson are up for election.
In the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District, 22 signatures are required for placement on the ballot. The seats currently held by Eric Wester in director district 4, Karla Prunty in director district 5 and Vernon Letsche in director district 6 are up for election. The MMC School Board is the only area school board to have seven rather than five members.
In the Aurelia District, 13 signatures are required to be on the ballot. All positions are at-large in the Aurelia District. The seats currently held by Susan Corderman and Dan Winterhof are up for election.
In the River Valley District, 24 signatures are required to be on the ballot. A district 4 and an at-large position are up for election. The director district 4 seat was vacated and then filled by the appointment of John Anfinson. The election in September will be for the last year of the unexpired term. The other position up for election of the River Valley board is the at-large seat currently held by Lyle Paulsen.
Nomination petitions must be filed with the school board secretary by the end of the business day on July 31.
We encourage anyone interested in the education of children to get involved.