Wanted: School Board Candidates

Wanted: School Board Candidates

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Kids are the reason for school boards. What a school board decides can affect everything from extra programs to upkeep of school buildings. But lately, it's getting hard to find people who want to make that impact.

“Families are busier today than they ever have been and we see it with less volunteers for sports and other activities,” said Doug McQueer, Morristown Central School superintendent.

Morristown Central School has three board seats to fill in Tuesday's election. But there's only one person running as a declared candidate. Two of the slots will have to be filled by write-in votes. Some people think that's risky.

“When people file petitions, the way the one board member has done, I know what I'm getting. I can call that person. I can contact that person. I can find out what the person's interests are,” said Darrell Merkel, Morristown school board vice president.

Morristown is not the only school system in this situation. Others are also having trouble attracting willing, qualified candidates.”

For the first time anyone can remember at Ogdensburg schools, no one is running for school board. They have a seat open for a 5 year term. The new school board member will be whomever gets the most write-in votes.

“The other issue you may have is somebody could be a write-in candidate and really not want to fulfill that 5-year obligation,” said Timothy Vernsey, Ogdensburg City School District superintendent.

School district officials hope community groups will find good candidates to rally behind and write-in. But whether that happens won't be known until Tuesday's votes are counted.

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