School Board nominating petition forms available

Kaneland—Nominating petition forms for the April 5, 2011, School Board election in Kaneland Community Unit School District No. 302 are now available. Forms may be picked up from Beth Sterkel in the Superintendent’s office at 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park on any business day between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A School Board candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office no earlier than 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, and no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20. Petition forms will not be accepted after 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20.

Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received in the secretary’s office. If two or more candidates file simultaneously on the first day (Dec. 13 at 8 a.m. or in the first mail received that day), the district will conduct a lottery to determine which name is first on the ballot. The lottery will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 9 a.m. at the Milnamow Administrative Center in the Kaneland District offices at 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. Attendance at the lottery is not mandatory; a representative may attend if desired. Note that Dec. 28 is also the last day for filing objections to a candidate’s nominating papers in the office of the board secretary and the last day for a candidate to withdraw nomination.

Nominating petitions must contain at least 50 signatures of registered voters in the district and must be securely bound together with pages numbered consecutively. Each page must carry the notarized signature of the petition circulator. A Statement of Candidacy must be turned in along with a receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed the Statement of Economic Interest. The loyalty oath is optional.

Four seats on the seven-member Board of Education will be filled at the April 5, 2011, election. Candidates elected will serve four-year terms expiring in April, 2015. To be eligible to serve, a School Board member must be, on the date of election, a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age and a resident of Illinois and the Kaneland district for at least one year preceding the election, a registered voter, not be a child sex offender, not hold another incompatible public office, not have a prohibited interest in any contract with the district, not be a school trustee and not hold certain types of prohibited state or federal employment.

For more information about the nature and duties of serving on a school board, contact the Illinois Association of School Boards for a free booklet, “Your School Board and You.” Write: IASB, 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, IL 62703. The booklet also is available at the Association’s web site, www.iasb.com/training/community_ resources.cfm.