School board positions open Monday

Process begins for fall election season

VERDE VALLEY - Those considering running for local school boards may submit their candidacy beginning Monday, April 4, according to Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter. And to familiarize candidates with the necessary requirements, classes will be held that same week by the Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA).

A class will be held locally Thursday, April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex Board Room, 10 S. 6th St., Cottonwood.

Topics to be covered include legal requirements; campaign finance laws; circulating nonpartisan nomination petitions and filing information. Candidates will be able to file a Statement of Organization and begin collecting petition signatures that same evening.

In addition to completing the required paperwork, candidates are also asked to submit a 500-word candidate statement and candidate photograph to appear on the Yavapai County School Superintendent's website www.ycesa.com.

To be eligible for nomination to a school district governing board, a candidate must be a registered voter of the state and have been a resident of the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the day of election, according to YCESA.

Vacant seats

According to the YCESA, the following Verde Valley school board seats become vacant this coming election year:

Beaver Creek - 3 seats

Camp Verde - 3 seats

Clarkdale-Jerome - 2 seats

Cottonwood-Oak Creek - 3 seats

Mingus Union - 3 seats

Sedona-Oak Creek - 3 seats

VACTE - 3 seats total for 3 areas

Note: Official filing does not begin until July 11 and incumbents may choose to re-run for these seats.

Required signatures

To get on the ballot, each district requires a different number of registered voter signatures:

Beaver Creek - 12 signatures

Camp Verde - 30 signatures

Clarkdale-Jerome - 12 signatures

Cottonwood-Oak Creek - 78 signatures

Mingus Union - 89 signatures

Sedona-Oak Creek - 50 signatures

VACTE - 50 signatures for Sedona-Oak Creek; 30 signatures for Camp Verde and 12 signatures for Clarkdale-Jerome.

Deadline

The candidate filing period begins Monday, July 11 at 8 a.m. and ends Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. The filing location is the Office of the Yavapai County School Superintendent, 2970 Centerpointe East Dr., Prescott, AZ 86301.

Candidates must file all required documents on time or their names will not appear on the ballot.

Visit www.ycesa.com or call 928-771-3326.

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