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Plano announces board filing details

PLANO — Nominating petition forms for the April 9, 2013 school board election in Plano Community Unit School District No. 88 are available. Forms may be picked up at the Administration Office at 800 S. Hale St., any business day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A candidate’s petition must be filed in the same office no earlier than 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17 and no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Since the last day of filing falls on Christmas Eve, the district office requests candidates file their papers by Friday, Dec. 21 at the latest. Candidates’ names will appear on the election ballot in the order in which their nominating papers are received.

Three seats on the seven-member board will be elected at the April 9 election. All are four-year terms, until April 2017.

To be eligible, a candidate must be, on the date of election, a citizen of the United States; at least 18 years old; a registered voter; and a resident of the state of Illinois and the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the election.

Elections are nonpartisan and board candidates are not required to indicate a political party affiliation. Candidates should be aware of the financial conflict-of-interest limitations set forth in The School Code.

Nominating papers may be filed by the candidates in person, by mail or by an agent. They consist of the following:

Nominating petitions signed by at least 50 voters residing within the district. Petitions must be securely bound together with pages numbered consecutively, and each page must carry the notarized signature of the petition’s circulator.

Statement of candidacy, which includes a request that the candidate’s name be placed on the official ballot, the address of the candidate, the office sought, and a statement that the candidate is qualified for the office and has filed (or will file before the close of the petition filing period) a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act.

A receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed the statement of economic interests as noted above.

A loyalty oath is optional. A candidate may choose to file it or not.

For more information about the nature and duties of serving on a school board, stop by the Plano Administration Office for a free booklet, “Your School Board and You” or visit the Illinois Association of School Board’s website at www.iasb.com. The public is invited to attend all Board of Education meetings. Check the district website at www.plano88.org for a schedule of board meeting dates and locations.

For more information, contact Kathy Benoit, board secretary, at 630-552-8978.

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