School board candidate petitions available

School board candidate petitions available

Petitions for those who want to run for the Urbana or Champaign school board in April are now available.

In Champaign, four seats are up for election, and in Urbana, all seven seats are up.

The election is April 9.

Current Urbana school board Vice President Benita Rollins-Gay, as well as members Paul Poulosky, Peggy Patten and Brenda Carter said they would seek re-election.

Current board President John Dimit said Tuesday that he hasn't had time to think about whether he'll run, as he's currently adjusting to his recent retirement.

Board members Elaine Gehrmann and Ruth Ann Fisher did not return messages about whether they'd run for re-election.

Rollins-Gay picked up a petition Tuesday, according to the school district, as did Regina Parnell.

The entire board is up for re-election because the school board completed the process of revising the subdistricts from which board members are elected last winter. The revision process didn't move any board members out of the subdistrict from which they were previously elected.

Petitions for Champaign's school board elections became available Sept. 19, but the school district is not required to keep track of who picks up petitions. Candidates could begin circulating the petitions Tuesday.

School board member Ileana Saveley said Monday that she will run for her open seat. Saveley was appointed last spring to the seat left open when board member Greg Novak died suddenly.

The board member who wins that seat will serve two years on the board to finish out Novak's term.

Board members Stig Lanesskog and Tommy Lockman said Monday that they're still deciding whether to run, and board member Dave Tomlinson said he won't seek re-election.

Candidates for both school boards can file their petitions with the school districts beginning Monday, Dec. 17. The deadline is Monday, Dec. 24.

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