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Filing dates for the April 3, 2012, East Central College board of trustees election have been set.  Filing will open on Tuesday, December 13, at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17.


The six-year terms of Prudence Fink Johnson from sub-district two and Don Kappelmann from sub-district one expire next April. 


The seat of former board secretary Catherine Scott from sub-district two is also vacant.  Scott resigned her seat on the board in August when she moved out of the college district.  The person elected will serve the remaining two years of Scott’s unexpired term. 


People seeking either of the seats from sub-district two must indicate when they file if they are seeking the six-year term or the two-year term.


Sub-district two includes the school districts of Lonedell R-14, St. Clair R-13, and Union R-11 excluding the Lyon and Boone Township portion of Union R-11 and that portion located in the Beaufort-Union precinct.


Sub-district one includes the school districts of Crawford County R-1 (Bourbon), Sullivan C-2, Strain-Japan R-16, Spring Bluff R-15, Franklin County R-2, New Haven, the portions of Lyon and Boone Townships as well as the Beaufort-Union precinct in the Union R-11 School District.  Also included in sub-district one are the portions of the Boeuf and Lyon Townships in the Washington School District. 


The ECC board consists of six trustees, two each from three sub-districts of the college district.  Trustees are elected at large, but a candidate must be a resident of the sub-district he or she represents.   


Fink Johnson, current board vice president, is completing her third term on the East Central College board.  She was first elected in 1994 and was re-elected in 2000 and 2006.  She served as board vice president for two years beginning in 1996; four years as board president beginning in 1998; and secretary in 2004.    


Kappelmann, a former part-time softball coach at the college, is completing his first term as a trustee. 


Declaration of candidacy forms must be filed in the President’s Office located in Room 254 in Buescher Hall on the ECC campus in Union, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Filings will not be accepted during the holiday break starting at noon on Wednesday, December 21.  Filing will resume Tuesday, January 3.  No filings will be accepted on Monday, January 16, when the college will be closed to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


A candidate for the ECC board must be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, a voter of the college district for at least one full year preceding the election date, and a current resident of the sub-district for which he or she files.   


The board of trustees is the sole statutory legislative governing body responsible for the control and operation of East Central College.  Neither state statutes nor district policy limits the number of terms a member may serve.  Regular monthly meetings of the ECC board are held on the first Monday of the month.


Other trustees include Jim Perry, Washington, board president; Tom Dill, Washington, board secretary; and Charlie Betz, Sullivan, board treasurer. 

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