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Filing period for Duneland School Board candidacies approaching

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The first day a candidate can file a petition of nomination for school board races in this yearís general election is Wednesday, July 23, according to the Indiana Election Division.

In Duneland, there will be three seats on the local school board up for election in 2014 -- one at-large seat, the Westchester/Pine Twp. district, and the Liberty Twp. district. Those seats are currently held by Michael Trout, Ralph Ayres and Ronald Stone, respectively.

School board candidates are voted on by all the voters in the school district; however, the candidates for the Westchester/Pine and Liberty seats must live in those respective townships.

School board candidates are independent and do not require party affiliation. Members are to serve four-year terms.

Candidates interested in running for school board will have until Friday, Aug. 22 at noon to file their petitions with the Porter County Voters Registration Office, located in Room 105 of the County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Ave. in Valparaiso.

The petition forms, or Indiana CAN-34 documents, can be found and printed from the Indiana Election Divisionís website,, under Candidate Information.

New this year, the state is requiring all candidates to file a statement of economic interests, or Form CAN-12.

All forms can be found and printed from the Indiana Election Divisionís website,, under Candidate Information. They are also available at the voters registration office.

Each candidate must confirm their residencies with the voters registration office. They must also be a registered voter.

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

Candidates are urged to obtain more than 10 signatures in case there is a problem verifying the names. Candidates are also urged not to wait until the last minute to file, since they must turn in the petition signatures in order to be eligible to be on the Nov. 4 ballot.

ISBA forums

The Indiana School Board Association encourages candidates to attend one of its 10 forums designed to inform new candidates and incumbents running for re-election about school board service.

Topics discussed include the roles and responsibilities of a school board member, ethics, and legal responsibilities, such as complying with the Open Door Law.

Registering for the forums can be done online Cost is $35 and each candidate will receive a school board candidateís 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.and are subject to cancellation if less than five persons register at a particular site.

The following is a chronological list of ISBA forums held throughout Indiana:

* Thursday, July 24, Muncie Community School, Anthony Administration Building, 2501 North Oakwood Ave. in Muncie.

* Tuesday, July 29, Plymouth Schools Administration Building, Board Room, 611 Berkley Plymouth.

* Wednesday, July 30, Merrillville High School, Freshman Center Lecture Hall, Entrance J, 276 E. 68th Place in Merrillville.

* Wednesday, July 30, Seymour High School Auditorium. 1638 S. Walnut St. in Seymour.

* Monday, Aug. 4, Avon Middle School North Auditorium, 1251 N. Dan Jones Road in Avon.

* Tuesday, Aug. 5, Kokomo High School Auditorium, 2501 South Berkley Road in Kokomo.

* Thursday, Aug. 7, Jasper High School Auditorium, 1600 St. Charles St. in Jasper.

* Tuesday, Aug. 12, Fort Wayne Community Administration Building, Board Room, 1200 S. Clinton St. in Fort Wayne.

* Wednesday, Aug. 13, Lafayette School Corporation, Hiatt Administration Center, 2300 Cason St. in Lafayette.

* Wednesday, Aug. 20, Center Grove High School Auditorium, 217 S. Morgantown Rd., in Greenwood



Posted 7/18/2014