Apr 232014

By Tammy Gray
The school governing board election for the Snowflake Unified School District will be held this fall, and Navajo County Superintendent of Schools Linda Morrow notes that now is the time for interested individuals to consider running for office.
To qualify for a governing board position, a candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the election. Special rules also apply to immediate family and household members of school district employees and current members of the governing board.
The positions are non-partisan and unpaid, but are responsible for making decisions regarding school district operations, such as setting policies, calendars and an annual budget.
Three seats will be up for election. They are currently held by Cory Johnson, John B. Stewart and Carole L. Owens. Two of the positions are four-year terms and one is a two-year term.
Interested candidates may pick up a nomination packet at the county school superintendent’s office at the county complex in Holbrook, or may call (928) 524-4204 to request a packet. Completed packets may be returned to the superintendent’s office beginning on Monday, July 7, and must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Morrow noted that a threshold exemption statement or a political committee statement must be filed before a candidate can collect signatures or begin campaigning.
The school board election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, along with the general election.