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Gilbert school board seeks to fill vacancy

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Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 4:32 pm

The Gilbert Unified School District is moving forward with filling a governing board position after member Shane Stapley stepped down last week because he is moving out of the school district.

Stapley, who was elected in 2010, was in the middle of his four-year term. But because there is time to put a candidate for a two-year term on the ballot, the person selected will only remain in office until just after the Nov. 6 election, unless he or she wins that election, according to the district.

The deadline to apply for the position is 4 p.m. on March 27.

Candidates for nomination must be registered voters and have resided within the district boundaries for the last 12 months. From the applicants, up to three nominees will be selected to participate in a board member seminar on April 21 with the Maricopa County Education Service Agency.

Following that, Maricopa County Schools Superintendent Don Covey will select the person to fill the term.

If the appointed board member wants to remain in office past the Nov. 6 election, he or she must file candidate paperwork, collect enough signatures, be placed on the ballot and win that two-year term.

Parties interested in seeking nomination need to file a statement of interest, along with personal information, to governing board president EJ Anderson by the deadline. All required information is listed on the district’s website,

For application information, contact Anderson via email at or phone the superintendent’s office at (480) 497-3342. District orientation materials will be provided to interested candidates beginning Tuesday

Covey will name the new board member by April 24. The oath of office will be administered April 26. After that, the new board member will be able to participate in board meetings.

The vacancy means there will be four of five spots up for grabs in the November election. Four-year terms for Anderson, along with board members Helen Hollands and Lily Tram, are all coming to an end. So far, 10 people have requested candidate packets for the Gilbert Unified School District governing board election from the Maricopa County Education Service Agency, including Anderson and Tram. Hollands has said she will not seek re-election. Only one person has indicated an interest in a two-year term.

To get on the ballot, residents must file at least 400 qualified signatures with the agency by Aug. 8, but no earlier than July 9. Candidate packets can be picked up anytime, but signatures cannot be collected until a statement of organization or $500 threshold exemption form has been filed.

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