If you’re interested in running for the Rolla Board of Education, Tuesday, Dec. 11, is an important date for you.

If you’re interested in running for the Rolla Board of Education, Tuesday, Dec. 11, is an important date for you.

Filing for the two terms that will open up will begin at 8 a.m. that day and end at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The Rolla school board Thursday night approved the election notice.

The three-year terms of Jamie Myers and Jim Packard will expire in April 2013.

Declarations of candidacy from district patrons interested in campaigning for a position will be accepted at the superintendent’s offices, 500A Forum Drive, Rolla, upstairs in Room 224.

Filing is open from 8 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If the school’s offices are closed because of weather during the filing period, candidacy declarations will not be accepted. They also won’t be accepted on the following district holidays: Friday, Dec. 21, to Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Ballot order on the first day will be determined by a  random drawing. After the first day, candidates will be placed on the ballot in order of filing.

If you’re elected, you must attend a 16-hour training session within your first year of service.

Lori Vaughn, secretary to Dr. Aaron Zalis, superintendent of schools, will conduct the filing in the absence of  board secretary Nancy McWhorter.

In other business at the Rolla Board of Education meeting Thursday night:

• School Improvement Plans were presented by building principals for Rolla High School, Rolla Junior High School and Rolla Technical Institute/Center.

• Braiden Raines was selected as the Artist of the Week on the Artsonia website for Oct. 14-20. His teacher, Sarah Crowell, submitted his work to Artsonia. The artist will receive a $50 gift certificate, the teacher a $100 gift certificate, from Blick Art Materials.

Braiden told the board that his art piece was a mobile featuring miniature school supplies, such as scissors and pencils.

Crowell told the board this is an international website and voting is open to all who browse it, so being named Artist of the Week is a worldwide honor.

• The board watched the monthly board report from the Missouri School Boards Association on streaming video.

• Mark Lenox, representing Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett, reported to the board the appreciation of the county for the 41 Rolla High School students who worked with election pollworkers on Nov. 6.

The students who were 18 years old worked a full day (polls were open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.) while those 15-17 years old worked half a day.

This was the third election for high school assistants to work with pollworkers. The students received training at Rolla High School.

• The board authorized purchase of a burnishing machine for the Rolla Junior High School to replace a machine that is at least 10 years old.

• Jim Packard and Jeanne Cavender were appointed to the Architect Professional Qualifications committee to review proposals for general architectural services. Those proposals will be received at 2 p.m. Dec. 6.

• The next meeting of the board will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.