Deadline approaches to file for school board seats
The window is narrowing for residents hoping to serve on their local school boards to file their candidacy with the Summit County clerk. The deadline to file is Thursday, March 17, at 5 p.m., and candidates must do it in person at the county courthouse.
The Park City School District, South Summit School District and North Summit School District each have three seats open on their boards of education. Elections for the openings are non-partisan, and are for four-year terms.
As of Tuesday morning, 11 candidates had already filed. In Park City, Phillip Kaplan is running for District 1; Andrew Caplan and Peter Yogman will compete for the seat in District 2; and Tania Knauer has filed for District 3’s opening. In South Summit, Oakley’s Eric Rose and Suni Woolstenhulme filed in District 1; Dan Eckert and Kat Mitchell, both of Kamas, will run for District 2; while Francis’s Jim Snyder has filed for District 3. North Summit candidates include Susan Richins, of Henefer, in District 1; Coalville’s Mark Marsh in District 2; and Heather Staley, Hoytsville, in District 3.
Board members in Park City are paid $560 per month for attending meetings and travel expenses. North Summit board members are paid $250 a month, while South Summit members earn either $310 or $340 per month depending on the length of meetings.
School board members typically attend at least two meetings per month — as well as other district events — and vote on issues that determine a district’s future, from passing budgets to hiring superintendents.
Candidates must pay a $50 fee when they file with the county clerk. Additionally, they must live in the precinct in which they’re filing and must have lived there for at least the previous year. Candidates who are not registered voters must also show proof of residency when they file.
For more information, contact the county clerk at 435-336-3203 or visit the clerk’s website at co.summit.ut.us/270/Clerk .
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