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Budget, election top school board agenda

Three positions will be open in the April election.
Monday, December 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:47 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Those eager to run for a spot on the Columbia Board of Education can file starting Tuesday for the coming election.

Three seats on the board will be up for grabs, as terms for board members Russ Still, David Ballenger and Donald Ludwig expire in April.

While Still said he won’t run again, Ludwig and Ballenger both plan to throw their names into the ring next year.

Still, who has served on the board for nine years, said three terms is the right amount of time for his service.

“The board has made progress,” he said. “I have really enjoyed my time on the board.”

Ballenger, a board member since 1994, said there are still things he would like to be a part of, including improving adequate yearly progress in Columbia.

“I still have a real interest in the young people,” he said.

Ludwig is serving his first term. He said it takes about a year or more to become comfortable with the way the board works.

“I would be delighted to serve another three years,” he said.

Meanwhile, Henry Lane, who has been a candidate in the past six elections, said he has not decided whether to run this year.

There are seven members on the board. Three candidates will be elected for three-year terms on April 6.

How to file:

Those interested in running for a position on the Columbia Board of Education must file in person at the office of Chris Mallory, the secretary of the Board of Education, at 1818 W. Worley St.

The office will be closed Dec. 23-27, Dec. 31 and Jan. 17. The last day to file is Jan. 18.


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