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Regional office of education needs more trustees

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Larry Forsberg is hoping to find people willing to serve as trustees on the Regional Board of Education.

“Our board consists of eight elected or appointed officials,” said Forsberg, president of the board.

“Currently we have four vacancies for the April 2013 election, and we can only have one elected official from a township.”

Forsberg said that the board does not have a trustee from any township south of DeKalb Township, and he hopes to find residents of southern DeKalb County who are willing to run for the open positions.

“The board doesn’t have many responsibilities anymore but the ones we do have are important,” Forsberg said.

“One (task) that we are charged with has to do with school consolidation. As school districts continue to suffer financial woes, they end up looking at closing the district down and consolidating with a neighboring district.”

Forsberg said that there are “a couple of very economically fragile school districts in DeKalb County,” and that he would like to have board members from all areas of the county who could offer input from those constituencies. There are 19 townships in DeKalb County.

The board has regularly-scheduled quarterly meetings but often meets only twice per year.

“It’s one of those instances where they could have no business to handle for quite some time, but when an issue presents itself I need to have a fully-functioning board active in their communities,” said Amanda Christensen, regional superintendent of schools.

There are two open six-year terms, and two seats have two years left on unexpired terms. Anyone who is interested in running for the board would have to run as a write-in candidate in the April 9 consolidated elections.

“The deadline to be put on ballot was Dec. 26,” said DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo.

“There were no candidates for those positions.”

Acardo said that candidates who wish to run as write-ins will have to file paperwork in his office no later than Thursday, Feb. 7.

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