Five File for East Central College Board of Trustees.

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Five candidates have filed for the three open seats on the East Central College board of trustees.

Prudence Fink Johnson of Union, current board vice president, has re-filed for another six-year term on the board.  Fink Johnson represents Sub-district Two, which 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.  She is completing her third term on the ECC governing board.

Two people have filed for the seat in Sub-district Two formerly held by Catherine Scott of St. Clair.  Ann Hartley and Kathryn Hurlbert, both of Union, are looking to serve the remaining two years of Scott’s unexpired term.

Scott resigned from the board in August when she moved out of the college district.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.

Incumbent Don Kappelmann from Sub-district One is being challenged by Joseph Stroetker.  Kappelmann is from New Haven and is completing his first term.  Stroetker is from Sullivan.  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.

Filing will resume Tuesday, January 3, when the college reopens following the holiday break.  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.  No filings will be accepted on Monday, January 16, when the college will be closed to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  Filing will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17.

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.