DANVILLE — The district's schools will close for winter break Dec. 20 to Jan. 2, but the Danville superintendent's office will remain open a few hours most days to allow people to file to run for school board in the 2013 consolidated election or object to someone's candidacy.
Four seats on the seven-member panel will be open in the April 9 election. They are currently held by Greg Hilleary, Dan Brown, Randal Ashton and Frank Young.
The top four vote-getters will serve a four-year term.
People can file nominating petitions at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville, beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. The filing deadline is at 5 p.m. Dec. 26.
Candidates' names will appear on the ballot in the order that they filed. If more than one person files at the same time, a lottery will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 2 to determine name placement on the ballot.
The period to file an objection to someone's candidacy is Dec. 27 to 5 p.m. Jan. 3.
The office will be open during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Dec. 19. When the district goes on break, it will be open the following hours:
— 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.
So far, 11 people have picked up petitions to run for a seat, including the four incumbents. Others include Michael Luzenske, Johnnie Carey, Phyllis Roth, David Woodrow, Lon Henderson, Darlene Halloran and former board member Judd Peck.
Officials said just because someone picked up a packet or circulates petitions does not mean they will file to run.
To run, candidates must be a U.S. citizen, 18 or older, a resident of Illinois and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election, a registered voter, registered to vote in general elections from a residence located in the school district on the date of the election.
Candidates must not be a school trustee or school treasurer.