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Duneland School Board candidate filing nears

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Duneland School Board candidate filing nears

In less than two weeks, the Indiana Election Division will allow individuals to start filing petitions of nomination for school boards in the 2012 General Election.

From Wednesday, July 25, to Noon, Friday, Aug. 24, candidates for the Duneland School Board will turn their petitions in to the Porter County Voters Registration office, located at the Porter County Administration Center, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, Room 105.

The petition forms, or Indiana CAN-34 documents, can be found and printed from the Indiana Election Division’s website,, under Candidate Information. They can also be picked up at the voters registration office.

Two Duneland School Board seats will be voted on November 6: one at-large seat (currently held by Janice Custer) and the Jackson Township seat (currently held by Nick Jurasevich).

Candidates for the at-large seat must reside anywhere within the Duneland School District. Candiates for the Jackson Township seat must live in the township. Each candidate must confirm their residencies with the voters registration office. They also must be a registered voter.

In order to be accepted, petition forms need at least 10 signatures from registered voters living inside the boundaries of the school district.

All school board races — including for township seats — are voted on by all registered voters living within the school district.


School board candidates for the 2012 General Election are encouraged to attend one of the 10 candidate forums hosted by the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA).

These forums are designed to inform new candidates and incumbents running for re-election about school board service. Topics to be discussed include the roles and responsibilities of a school board member, ethics, and legal responsibilities, such as complying with the Open Door Law. There is time allotted for questions from the audience.

Registering for the forums can be done online Cost is $35 and each candidate will receive a school board candidate’s kit, which contains valuable information on the financial, legal, and ethical aspects of serving on a school board.

All candidate forums will be held in their respective venues from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

•Monday, July 16, Merrillville High School, Freshman Wing, Entrance J, 276 E. 68th Place in Merrillville.

•Tuesday, July 17, Plymouth Schools Administration Building, Board Room, 611 Berkley St. in Plymouth.

•Wednesday, July 18, Fort Wayne Community Administration Building, Board Room, 1200 S. Clinton St. in Fort Wayne.

•Thursday, July 19, Lafayette School Corporation, Hiatt Administration Center, 2300 Cason St. in Lafayette.

•Monday, July 23, Kokomo High School Auditorium, 2501 South Berkley Road in Kokomo.

•Tuesday, July 24, Muncie Community School, Anthony Administration Building, 2501 North Oakwood Ave. in Muncie.

•Wednesday, July 25, Greencastle High School, Parker Auditorium, 910 E. Washington St. in Greencastle.

•Thursday, July 26, Beech Grove High School, Administration Building, Board Room, 5330 Hornet Ave. in Beech Grove.

•Monday, July 30. Jasper High School Auditorium, 1600 St. Charles St. in Jasper.

•Tuesday, July 31. Seymour High School Auditorium. 1638 S. Walnut St. in Seymour.


Posted 7/13/2012