School board petitions available at district office

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By The Staff

Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013, school board election in Vandalia Community Unit School District No. 203 are now available.
Forms may be picked up in the office of the board secretary at 1109 N. Eighth St. on any business day, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office between 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, and 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.
Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary’s office.
Four seats on the seven-member board of education will be filled at the April 9 election. Candidates elected will serve four-year terms that expire in April 2017.
To be eligible to serve, a school board member must be, on the date of election, a citizen of the United States; at least 18 years old; a registered voter; and a resident of the state of Illinois and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election.
Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation. Candidates should be aware of financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in state law.
Nominating papers may be filed by the candidate in person, by mail or by an agent. They consist of the following:
1) Nominating petitions signed by at least 50 voters residing within the district. Petitions must be securely bound together, with pages numbered consecutively, and each page must carry the notarized signature of the petition circulator.
2) Statement of candidacy, which includes a request that the candidate’s name be placed on the official ballot, the address of the candidate, the office sought, and a statement that the candidate is qualified for the office and has filed (or will file before the close of the petition filing period) a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.
3) A receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed the statement of economic interests as noted above.
Other important dates for candidates are:
• Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013: last day for filing objections to a candidate’s nominating papers in the office of the board secretary.
• Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013: last day for a candidate to withdraw from nomination.
Further information on becoming a candidate in the April 9 board election may be obtained by contacting: Vandalia CUSD No. 203, Staci Carroll, 1109 N. Eighth St. Vandalia, Ill. 62471; phone number, 283-4525.
For more information about the nature and duties of serving on a school board, contact the Illinois Association of School Boards for a free booklet, “Your School Board and You.” Write: LASB, 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, Ill. 62703. The booklet also is available at the Association’s web site: www.iasb.com/training/community_resoureces.cfm