New law could push elections in at least 3 rural school districts to Nov.

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

At least three local school districts aren’t expected to hold their yearly school board elections until November, and a fourth could opt to wait as well, all thanks to a new law which takes effect this year.

The new rule stipulates that schools that do not have a municipality within their district cannot hold their school elections in May, but must push them back to November.

Schools with municipalities within their district must contract with the municipality in order to hold their elections during the usual May voting period. Otherwise, the district will be required to hold elections in November, which would push the filing process and early voting back so that those processes begin around the time school starts.

A spokesman at one district said that means school board elections in Miller Grove, Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff will be conducted in November.

Since Como, Cumby and Sulphur Springs all have their own city governments, the law should not affect voting dates in those districts, provided they sign the contract with the municipality.

Yantis, which serves some children in southern Hopkins County, will also be holding a May trustee election.

North Hopkins could qualify for the usual May election because Tira is within its district. Tommy Long, superintendent, couldn't be reached Wednesday regarding North Hopkins' election date.

Como-Pickton has three full-term slots open on its board. Brad Carr, Gerald Walters and Abbie Wright currently hold those three seats. As of Tuesday, both Carr and Walters had filed. Wright had picked up an application but had not returned it to voting officials.

To apply to run on the May 12 ballot for one of the three-year, at-large seats on Como-Pickton's school board, visit the central administration office on campus weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 12.

Cumby has two full-term spots which voters will determine on its board during the May 12 election. Jason Hudson and Jody Jarvis are currently serving in those spots. No one had filed in Cumby as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Candidates may file to run in the May 12 race for the three-year at-large spots in Cumby's administration building weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 12.

Yantis has four positions open on its board: two full three-year seats, a two-year spot and a one-year seat. Arlan Yeagers and Bo West are currently serving in the two full-term seats. The two-year seat was left open with Gary Long's recent resignation from the board, and Nicole Burchfield was appointed earlier in the year to serve in the other seat left open when a board member had to resign after moving out of the district. There is one year left on the unexpired spot Burchfield has been serving.

As of late Wednesday morning, no one had yet filed for any of the four seats, Yantis Superintendent Harold Cowley said..

To apply to run for one of the school board positions, potential candidates should see Christy Beach in Yantis' business office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday through March 12.

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