All three incumbents on the Rolla Public School Board have filed to retain their seats, along with two other candidates hoping to win a seat in the April 7, 2009 election, as of last week.


All three incumbents on the Rolla Public School Board have filed to retain their seats, along with two other candidates hoping to win a seat in the April 7, 2009 election, as of last week.
Connie Gaddy and Kelly Long, both elected to three-year terms in 2006, are seeking a second three-year term.
And Jamie Myers, who was appointed to the board last year to fill an unexpired term, is running to retain that position for the final year of the original three-year period.
New candidates who have filed hoping to earn one of those spots are Heidi Colench and Darlene Ramsay.
The Rolla Public School Board is comprised of seven board members, each serving a three-year term.
Each year, at least two seats come up for election in April.
Although potential candidates cannot file during the schools’ winter holiday, filing opens again on Jan 5 and runs through Jan. 20.
By state law, new board members are required to attend a 16-hour training session at some time during the first year of their term.
Applicants may file at the school superintendent’s office at 500-A Forum Drive. For information, contact the Rolla Public School Board Secretary, Nancy McWhorter, at 458-0101 extension 11102.
During the same April election, six Rolla City Council seats will also be up for grabs.
Rolla’s council is comprised of 12 members; two from each of Rolla’s six wards. Each councilmember serves a two-year team.
Three of the six incumbents have already filed as candidates in a bid to retain their seats; Donald Barklage in Ward 2, Gary Hicks in Ward 3, Lou Magdits in Ward 4, and Mark Wahlburg in Ward 6.
Additionally, Jim Steiner has filed to run for the Ward 4 seat currently held by Magdits, and Ken Boeker has filed for the Ward 5 seat currently held by Richard Morris. Morris, and Ward 1’s Terry Ruck have not yet filed to retain their seats on the council.
The deadline to file as a candidate is Jan. 20 at 5 p.m.
The city’s mayor, city attorney and city judge are also elected positions, but all three do not come up for re-election until April of 2010. The judge and attorney serve two-year terms but the mayor is elected to a four-year term.
Interested applicants may file at the Rolla City Clerk’s office in City Hall. The phone is 426-6942.