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.
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.
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.
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.