Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TOP STORY >> Filings will start soon for boards

Leader senior staff writer

All seven seats on the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Board will be up for grabs Sept. 15, the date of Arkansas school elections.

The fling period to run begins June 30 and ends at noon July 7 for area districts.

It appears that most, if not all, current appointed board members will seek to be on the district’s first elected school board.

Those seeking election to any of the five designated zones or two at-large zones must receive and complete pre-election questionnaires by June 16, according to the secretary of state’s election calendar.

Petitions to run must contain signatures of at least 20 registered voters who are school district residents.

Petitions may be filed between June 30 and noon July 7 at the Pulaski County clerk’s office.

June 30 is also the first day a write-in candidate can file a notice of intent to run, a political practice pledge and an affidavit of eligibility with the country clerk.

Early voting will begin Sept. 8.

Current vice president of the JNP Board, Ronald McDaniel, has said he expects to run for the board.

Other board members — president Daniel Gray, secretary Carol Miles, Robert Price, Richard Moss, Norris Cain and LaConde Watson have said only that they are considering it.

Pulaski County Special School District is still under state control, with Education Commissioner John Key serving as the one-person board. No PCSSD school board will be elected in September.