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April election will bring decisions on who will serve on school board

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Filing closed for posts on Tuesday

SIKESTON -- Voters will have some tough choices to make

as most local school board races are contested -- and with several candidates -- for the upcoming April election.

The following candidates were confirmed by school districts just before filing closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Voters in the Sikeston R-6 will choose three of five candidates as three-year positions held by board vice president Rick Adams and members Bill Priday and Greg Colwick will expire in April. Filing for candidacy were Adams, Mary White-Ross, Larry Bohannon, Amy N. Blanton and Ken Stone.

In the Scott County R-4 (Kelly) School District, three-year terms held by current board members Mike Riley, Sonny Scheffer and Becky Wade are up for grabs.

Filing were Wade, Tammy Wadlington, Joe Stuckey and Greg Birk.

Three three-year positions are available in the Scott County Central School District. Incumbents Michael Blissett, Mark Freed and Dick Griffin opted to refile. Also filing were Susan Godwin and Lynn Hubbert.

In the East Prairie R-2 School District, three three-year positions held by Pat Helms, Steve Jones and John Thurman are open in addition to a one-year position held by Ron Howell. Filing for the three-year positions were Helms, Jones, Howell, Ricky Penrod, Stanley Triplett and Avery Lynn Hutcheson. Terry Nall initially filed but withdrew his name before filing closed. Filing for the one-year position were Carlla Turnbow, Eric McGrudder and Jeffrey Bright.

Charleston R-1 voters will choose three of the five candidates: Leonard Gillespie, incumbent Clarence "Sam" Zellars, incumbent Jim Browning, Sherry Austin and Earl Farmer. Incumbent board member Hubert Delay Jr. did not refile.

New Madrid County R-1 School District will not have an election as all three incumbents, Scott Riley, Don Brittain and Kay Rebstock, refiled and are unopposed.

Voters in the Portageville School District will choose three of six candidates. Current board members Mark Moody, Lynda Priggel and Tina DeLisle refiled along with Johnny Simpson, Nelda Kimes and Bill Cravens.

Oran R-3 terms held by Larry Chasteen, Jerry Lang and Gerard Dirnberger will expire in April. Filing were Chasteen, Lang, Lisa May, Judi Henson, Michael Pobst and Lisa Mills.

Three three-year positions will also be filled in the Kelso C-7 School District in New Hamburg. Two of the three incumbents, Fred Higdon and Sherri Grojean, filed for candidacy as did Gary Reischman and Dorothy Dirnberger. The other incumbent Dorothy Deason opted not to file.

Three positions are available in the Richland School District in Essex. Incumbents Kevin Evans, Loyd Odum and Terry Blair refiled along with Jeff Brown and Chuck Tilley.

Three seats filled by Gideon 37 school board members Kevin Lawrence, Devon Buchanan and Tim Winchester will end in April. Filing for candidacy were Lawrence, Buchanan, Tim Stanfield, Winchester and Sarah Beck.

Bloomfield voters will pick three of nine candidates when they step up to the polls. Filing were John Newell, incumbent Daron Williamson, Trevor Pulley, Jason Williams, Bill Robison, Donnie Lynn Hovis Jr.,

Ryan Mayo, Jay Forkum and incumbent Bryce Hill. Scott Perry's term will end in April, but he chose not to refile.