Filing deadline for open school board positions closes Tuesday

Friday, January 13, 2012 | 5:29 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Time is running out for those who want to run for the two open positions on the Columbia School Board. The window for applying closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The election is April 3.

In December, school board hopefuls could begin announcing candidacy for the three-year positions currently held by board members Christine King and Michelle Pruitt. So far, King is the only one who's filed. 

"I really enjoy being on the school board," King said. "I feel like I'm helping my peers make a difference, so I want to continue that."

After serving her elected term, Michelle Pruitt has decided not to return as the incumbent.

There have been a few people showing interest in Pruitt's position, according to district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark, but no one has declared as a candidate as of Friday afternoon.

Candidates must be 24 years old, a U.S. citizen and a registered voter in the Columbia Public School District. They also have to make a verbal claim that they intend to fill out a packet of information for candidacy.

The packet can be found at the secretary's office in the Neil C. Aslin Administration Building at 1818 Worley St. during normal office hours between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Offices will be closed on Monday and any day that the schools are closed for inclement weather.

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