OREGON COUNTY -- The filing dates for persons seeking seats on school boards in Oregon County have been announced. Interested persons may start filing Dec. 14 and file through Jan. 18 in the superintendent's office at their respective school district.
A person must be 24 years of age to serve on a school board in the state and reside in the school district where they have filed.
There will be three positions on the Thayer School Board. Those positions are currently held by Betty Morris, Bill Franz and Randy Ward.
The Couch School Board will also have three positions on the ballot. They are held by Casey Roberts, Dean Bennett and Joe Garrison.
Three seats will be on the Alton School Board. They are held by Grover Crews, Ken AraSmith and Chis Haney. All school board positions in the county will be three-year terms.
Alton Superintendent of Schools Shiela Wheeler said her school district will also have a bond issue on the April ballot. This will be a Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) that is interest free. She said the amount of the bond has not yet been decided. She said if the issue should pass it would go toward renovations at the high school buildings, mainly roof improvements.
She said the QZAB bonds are federal funds presented by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Wheeler said the funds are available only for schools in high poverty areas where 35 percent of the school population qualifies for free or reduced lunches.