Candidates file for Danville, DACC school boards

Candidates file for Danville, DACC school boards

DANVILLE — Six people on Monday filed to run for the Danville school board in the 2013 consolidated election, and two people filed to run for the Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees.

School board candidates include incumbent Greg Hilleary, the Danville Housing Authority's executive director, and five newcomers:  Johnnie Carey, a retired district administrator; Darlene Halloran, a retired Danville High School guidance counselor; Lon Henderon, a retired district administrator; Phyllis Roth, a retired nurse and nursing instructor; and David Woodrow, a manager at the Beef House restaurant.

All of the candidates are from Danville.

Board secretary Martha See said all of the candidates filed nominating papers when the filing period began at 8 a.m. A lottery will be held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 2 at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., to determine their name placement on the ballot.

Four seats on the school board are open in the April 9 election. The other seats currently are held by Dan Brown, Randal Ashton and Frank Young.

The top four vote-getters will serve a four-year term.

The DACC board candidates are incumbent Dr. Ronald Serfoss, an optometrist at Chittick Family Eye Care, and newcomer Harry Brockus, the chief executive officer for the Carle-Hoopeston Regional Health Center. Serfoss is from Danville, and Brockus lives in Hoopeston.

DACC board secretary Kerri Thurman said there is no need for a lottery.

Two seats on the board are open in the election. The other seat currently is held by retired Judge John O'Rourke, who did not pick up nominating petitions.

The top two vote-getters will serve a six-year term.

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 26. The period to file an objection to someone's candidacy is Dec. 27 to 5 p.m. Jan. 3.

The Jackson Building, which houses Danville schools' administrative offices, will be open the following hours over winter break:

— Dec. 20-21: 10 a.m. to noon.

— Dec. 24-25: Closed

— Dec. 26: 3 to 5 p.m.

— Dec. 27, 28 and 31: 10 a.m. to noon

— Jan. 1: Closed

— Jan. 2: 8 a.m. to noon.

DACC's Vermilion Hall, 2000 E. Main St., will be open between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 26. If anyone needs to file papers earlier on those days, they can call security to collect the papers and take them to the board secretary's office. The phone number will be posted on the front door.

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Man for Others wrote on December 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Contract talks between the Board and the DEA have stalled.  It appears as if the teachers will continue working without a contract for the time being.  The current board members need to be replaced with real problem solvers rather than feet dragging zealots.  I'm glad to see so many qualified candidates are running to replace the obstructionist incumbents.