Board of Education Filing

Board of Education Filing
Posted on 12/09/2020

Become a school board member if you are:
*Passionate about public education.
*Motivated by the best interests of all children in your community.
*Committed to listen and collaborate with other leaders.
*Trusting in the democratic process.

The board of education is a volunteer representative body elected by the registered voters of the local public school district. The school board governs the school district and provides leadership and advocacy for public education. School boards are charged with making decisions in the best interest of the entire district.

A school board member must be a U.S. citizen, a resident taxpayer of the district or voters of the district in urban districts, a resident of Missouri for at least one year and at least 24 years of age. Candidates must also be current on state and local taxes; have not been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri or federal law; are not registered or required to register as a sex offender; and have filed required campaign documents for all previous campaigns, if any.

Time Commitment
Board members in most Missouri school districts serve three-year terms of office. However, board members in Independence serve six-year terms, and board members in St. Louis and Kansas City serve four-year terms.
Board members are expected to be present and actively participate in school board meetings. Some school boards regularly meet once a month, but others meet more often. In some districts, school board members are also expected to serve on committees and attend district events.
If elected, board members must complete 18.5 hours of orientation and training within one year of the date of the election or appointment. Board members must complete at least one hour of refresher training each year thereafter.

(Public Notice of Filing) 
The Mexico School District encourages qualified persons interested in running for a position on the School Board to file to be a candidate in the April 6, 2021 election. Interested persons may file at the superintendent's offices located at 2101 Lakeview Road, Mexico, Missouri 65265. For more information contact Mrs. Bethany Collins at 573-581-3773 ext. 2401. 

Filing will begin on December 15, 2020 at 8:00 AM and will continue during the district's regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Filing will not occur on days the school district's central office is closed due to inclement weather or other health-related reasons. On the days the district closes for inclement weather or other health-related reasons, the announcement will specify whether the central office is open. Filing will also not occur on the following holidays and breaks when the school district's central offices are closed: December 21, 2020, December 22, 2020, December 23, 2020, December 24, 2020, December 25, 2020, December 31, 2020, January 1, 2021 & January 18, 2021.  Filing will end on January 19, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

There are two positions available with three-year terms.  The names of qualified candidates shall be placed on the ballot in order of filing.