Champaign, Urbana candidates file for April school board elections

Champaign, Urbana candidates file for April school board elections

There will be a few contested school board races in Champaign and Urbana in April.

One contested race will be in Urbana, where candidates run in subdistricts determined by where they live, and seven people will run for five  seats in Champaign. Wednesday was the last day candidates could file their petitions.

In Urbana, Regina Parnell will run against incumbent Ruth Ann Fisher in the only contested school board race.

In the other six subdistricts, the incumbents will run unopposed. Those incumbents are Brenda Carter, Benita Rollins-Gay, Elaine Gehrmann, Peggy Patten, Paul Poulosky and current Board President John Dimit.

The entire board is up for re-election because the school board drew new subdistrict boundaries last winter, based on the 2010 Census. The revised map didn’t move any current board members out of the subdistrict from which they were previously elected.

Seven people will run for five seats up for election on the Champaign school board.

They include current board President Stig Lanesskog (who has said he will run for a two-year term) and incumbent Ileana Saveley, as well as Laurie Bonnett, Chuck Jackson, Scott MacAdam, Lynn Stuckey and John Williams III.

MacAdam previously served on the school board. He was elected in 2007 but did not run for re-election in 2011.

The seats open are three four-year terms and two two-year terms, left open by the death of Greg Novak this spring and the departure of Sue Grey, who resigned recently after being named president and CEO of the United Way of Champaign County.

The school board will appoint two short-term board members, for seats left open by Grey and Tommy Lockman, who also resigned in December. Applications are open for those interested in being appointed.

The deadline for those applications is Jan. 8, and the board expects to appoint its two new members Jan. 14, Lanesskog said earlier this month.

Those members will sit on the board until the board members elected in April are seated. Saveley is finishing the first half of Mr. Novak’s term. The school board appointed her in April.

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