There appears there will be very little action at the polls in Phillips County when the September 17 school elections roll around. According to information obtained from the Phillips County Clerk's office only two school board seats in the Barton-Lexa School District will be up for grabs in 2013.
Tuesday (July 2) was the first day for anyone in running for a school board position to file the necessary documents to be eligible to run in this year's school election. Potential candidates have until noon Tuesday, July 9 to submit his or her petition.
Those desiring to run must obtain 20 valid signatures on his or her petition from patrons in the school district in which they are running. They also must be residents of that particular school district. Signatures may be gathered right up until the filing deadline.
Zones 1 and 5 are up for election in the Barton-Lexa School District. Travis Williams resigned the Zone 5 post on May 21 to take a teaching position in the district. On June 18, the school board appointed Charles Ward to fill the vacated seat. The position will be filled in the September election.
Williams had been serving as board chairman before his resignation. The board elected Donna Ryan to fill that capacity.
Whoever is elected from Zone 5 will serve a 5-year term.
Rosetta Davis of Wabash also resigned from the Barton-Lexa School Board earlier this year. The board appointed Leon Phillips to fill the Davis' term time on June 25 until September election time. The term is for four years.
No seats are up for election in the Marvell-Elaine School District this election year. The Helena-West Helena School District is still under state control and does not elect school board members.