Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013, school board election in Kaneland Community Unit School District No. 302 are now available. Forms may be picked from Beth Sterkel in the Superintendent’s office, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park, on any business day between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, is the first day that prospective candidates may circulate nominating petitions for signature (Election Code 10-4).
A school board candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office no earlier than 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, and no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. Papers will not be accepted after that date.
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. 17 at 8 a.m., or in the first mail received that day), a lottery will be conducted to determine which name is first on the ballot. The lottery will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. at the Milnamow Administrative Center in the Kaneland District offices Attendance at the lottery is not mandatory; a representative may attend if desired.
Note that Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, is 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 from 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 a Statement of Economic Interest. The loyalty oath is optional.
Three seats on the seven-member Board of Education will be filled at the Monday, April 9, 2013 election. Candidates elected will serve four-year terms expiring in April 2017. To be eligible to serve, a School Board member must be, on the date of election, a United States citizen at least 18 years of age and a resident of Illinois and the Kaneland district for at least one (1) 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 (IASB, 2921 Baker Drive, Springfield, Ill. 62703) for a free booklet, “Your School Board and You.” The booklet also is available at the association’s website, www.iasb.com/training/community_resources.cfm.