Filing deadline extended for Champaign board seat

Filing deadline extended for Champaign board seat

CHAMPAIGN — Because the school district is closed for a holiday Friday, the Champaign school board has extended the deadline to apply for the board's vacant seat until noon Monday.

The school board must fill the seat, left vacant when school board member Greg Novak died in March, within 45 days of the vacancy. Today was the originally announced deadline for applications.

The school district is closed for its "spring holiday" today, though, so those who wish to apply now have more time, according to a press release from the school district. The seat will be up for election in April 2013.

Board member Tommy Lockman is accepting applications, and he said Thursday he's received seven so far.

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be at least 18 years old, have resided within the geographic boundaries of the school district for at least a year and be a registered voter.

The school board will notify applicants selected for interviews by Tuesday, and interviews will be scheduled for Monday, April 16.

Applications are available on the school district's website,, or at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C. Questions about the application process should be directed to Lockman via email at

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enoughalready wrote on April 06, 2012 at 10:04 am

what is a 'spring holiday"?

did the school board not know about this spring holiday when they looked at the calendar?

why can't applications be emailed to Mr. Lockman with a cut-off of today, as originally planned?

is is safe to assume that school district employees are getting an official paid holiday today?

why are deadlines constantly being extended?  why have rules if they are always flexible?

michaelv wrote on April 06, 2012 at 11:04 am

Really?  So the deadline is Monday, there are greater issues than when applications for a vacant seat are due.  Why the negativity..can't we all just get along?

You know......spring holiday is a negotiated day off in the calendar just like Presidents day.  Do you get holidays in your job?      


enoughalready wrote on April 06, 2012 at 11:04 am

couldn't agree more that this is trivial...but getting along is one of the points...we won't be able to get along without everyone following the rules and structures already in place.

this shows the school board's lack of foresight, planning, unfairness to other candidates and general willingness to bend rules.  would you accept this type of behavior related to more substantial issues?  why should the rules/behavior change based on relative importance of the issue?  the rules were clearly stated and now they are changing them.

i get federal holidays off but nothing tied to seasonal changes...schools just had a week of spring break...why is there a spring holiday two weeks later?


michaelv wrote on April 06, 2012 at 1:04 pm

What exactly is your problem.....because it can't be that a date was extended by a couple of days to ensure anyone who was expecting to apply today didn't miss out because of a holiday.  My guess would be that you would be on this forum complaining that you didn't get to apply because the offices were closed.  I am so sick and tired of the constant complaining for anything our board does.  I think they are doing a great job and glad that my children are in U4, take your negativity over to Illini sports I am sure you have an opinion on how bad a job is going on there as well.    

Sid Saltfork wrote on April 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

It used to be called Good Friday.  You know the friday before Easter?  It was a holiday for christians.  However to be politically correct; it is now called Spring Holiday.  Federal employees get President's Day, and maybe Columbus Day off?  They will probably drop Columbus Day to be politically correct next.  Most veterans no longer get Veteran's Day off anymore.  Gee, maybe public employees should not get any holidays?  If they had a Post Office Day holiday, would any one notice?

Mark Taylor wrote on April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

That,s right.  Just like Christmas, for all of human history, Easter has been a celebration when people of all faiths can come together and worship Jesus Christ.