Four leaving Richmond-SG school boards

RICHMOND – Four school board members in the Richmond-Spring Grove area won’t be running for another term.

Nine seats on two school boards are up for election in April: four four-year terms and one two-year term on the Richmond-Burton Community High School board, and four four-year terms on the Nippersink District 2 board.

To get on the ballot, would-be candidates must pick up a nominating petition form, obtain enough signatures and turn them in before the Dec. 26 deadline.

Richmond-Burton board Vice President John Schleibinger and member Dave Thomas have picked up packets.

President Cindy Holtz and board Secretary Joe Busch have decided not to seek re-election.

Newly sworn-in board member Michelle Graham also will have to run for her seat. She was appointed to fill the seat of former board President Tom Wisinski, who resigned less than two years into his term.

On the Nippersink school board, members Sue Maurer and Patty Anderson will not seek re-election.

Vice President Sharon Bianchini and Secretary Pierre Langlois are running again.

Nominating petition forms are available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on business days at the districts’ office at Nippersink Middle School, 10006 Main St., Richmond.

Candidates for the Richmond-Burton board will need to pick between a two-year or four-year term.

A two-year term is good for candidates who aren’t sure they want to commit to four years or perhaps those who have high school sophomores or juniors in the district, said Julie Ford, executive assistant to the districts’ shared superintendent.

Petitions can be filed as early as 7:30 a.m. Dec. 17 and no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 26.

Candidates must be, on the date of election, a U.S. citizen, a resident of the district for at least one year, at least 18 years old and a registered voter.

School board elections are nonpartisan.

For information, call Ford at 815-678-4242.

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