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If you have an interest in helping shape the future, then you should consider serving on your local school board. The Missouri School Boards’ Association reminds all interested citizens that the first day of candidate filing for the April school board elections is December 13 for most school districts in the state. For some school districts in the Kansas City area, filing opens on December 20. Filing closes for all school districts on January 17.
“Serving on school board is an important and satisfying way to make a contribution to your community and help provide the best possible education to our public school students,” says MSBA President Vic Lenz, a school board member from Lindbergh. “Local school boards set the policies under which our public schools operate and provide the citizen leadership that is so essential to the success of our schools. I encourage citizens with a sincere interest in their community’s children and the quality of their education to consider school board service.”
There are relatively few qualifications necessary to run for a position on a local school board of education in most school districts in the state. A candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident taxpayer of the district, a resident of Missouri for one year and at least 24 years old.
A legal guide for school board candidates is available on the MSBA Web site at www.msbanet.org. In addition a free video for candidates on school board service will be posted on the MSBA Web site in January. The Missouri School Boards’ Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that exists to help school boards succeed.