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John Marshall stepping down from Duneland School Board

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Longtime Duneland School Board member John Marshall told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that he will not be running to retain his at-large seat in the 2020 general election.

Marshall said hes retiring and will be spending part of the year in Florida going forward, making him unavailable for meetings. After 16 years, its time for a fresh face on the board. Im going to miss it terribly, but its time for a new chapter of my life, he said.

Marshall praised the great staff, administrators, teachers, and superintendents hes worked with over time. Its been a pleasure to serve the Duneland community more than just about anything Ive ever done, he said. Weve got some great candidates out here for this position. The future of the board is very bright, so Im certainly not worried about stepping away.

The first day for candidates to file to run for school board seats was yesterday, Wednesday, July 22, and filing ends Aug. 21.

Two seats on the Board are up this year--Marshalls at-large seat and the Jackson Township seat held by longtime, now retired Duneland teacher Tom Schnabel. Schnabel was selected by the Board to finish the Jackson term ending in 2020 after Kristin Kroeger stepped down earlier this year. He indicated his plans to defend the seat via text message this morning.

Two challengers for the at-large seat have announced their candidacies so far: Monte Moffett and Tim McGinty.

Moffett was assistant superintendent at the Duneland School Corporation for 17 years from 2003 to 2019. He said in his campaign announcement last week, I feel the knowledge and experience gained as a high-level administrator has prepared me to best serve the community as a member of the Duneland School Board.

McGinty is a Marine Corps veteran who spent 26 years at Duneland as a teacher and administrator before retiring in 2012. Tim has always put kids first and serving on the School Board would be an extension of his career objective to serve the community through the education of its youth, his announcement from today says.

How to Run for School Board

According to the 2020 Indiana Candidate Guide, registered voters over the age of 21 who have resided in the Duneland School district for at least one year are eligible to run for the Duneland School Board. Current teachers and noncertified employees of the Duneland School Corporation and those serving actively in the military are not eligible to run. Candidates seeking the Jackson Township seat must be residents of Jackson Township. School board seats are nonpartisan.

To run for a school board seat, interested citizens must file two forms: a CAN-12, statement of economic interests for local and school board offices, and a CAN-34, petition of nomination and consent for school board office. At least 10 registered voters who live in the Duneland School district must sign the petition for nomination.

The petition must be verified by Porter County Elections & Registration employees, who will determine if all who signed the petition are registered voters living in the Duneland School district. Candidates may want to get more signatures than they need in case some who signed their petitions turn out not to be active registered voters.

The Porter County Elections & Registration Office is located in suite 105 of the Porter County Administration Building, 155 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso. Both the CAN-12 and CAN-34 must be turned in to the Elections & Registration Office before noon on August 21.

The 2020 Indiana Candidate Guide and all candidate filing forms, including the CAN-12 and the CAN-34, can be found at SOS: Candidate Information:


Posted 7/23/2020




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