Cassville, Purdy require board of education elections

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Other area schools fill their positions since number of candidates equal openings

Cassville and Purdy School Districts have the only area board of education elections on April 7.

Both districts have two, three-year openings.

In Cassville, incumbents John Sullivan and Carolyn Bowen are being challenged by Wade Hermansen and Dale Phelps.

In Purdy, incumbents Randy Henderson and Ken Terry will be challenged by Carla Schad.

Exeter, Southwest, Shell Knob and Wheaton schools do not require elections. The number of candidates who filed for board of education positions equaled the number of openings needed to be filled. Each opening was three-year terms.

In Exeter, incumbents Sammy Schmidt and Mitch Sorensen filled the openings.

In Southwest, incumbents Robert Catron and Danny Dalton filled the openings.

In Shell Knob, incumbents Jacqueline Backes and Bob Stewart filled the openings.

In Wheaton, incumbent Bobby Banks and candidate Kevin Schlessman filled the openings. Board member Doug Goostree did not file for reelection.

Barry County school districts each have seven-member boards of education.

According to the Missouri School Boards' Association, a candidate must be a U.S. citizen, a resident taxpayer of the district, a resident of Missouri within one year and at least 24 years old. Elected board members must complete 16 hours of orientation and training within one year of their election.

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