WHITEWATER — Residents of the Whitewater Unified School District are encouraged to consider seeking a position on the school board.

Persons interested in becoming a candidate for one of the three seats on the board have until Tuesday, Jan. 7, by 5 p.m. to file their declaration of candidacy.

Any person who is a United States citizen and a qualified elector of the Whitewater Unified School District legally is qualified to become a member of the school board. In addition, board candidates should have a genuine interest in and devotion to public education, a willingness to give time and effort to the position, a capacity to understand people and the ability to work cooperatively with others.

The school board is the district policy-making authority and is responsible to the public for the success of all education services offered by the district. This success is dependent on many individuals, but also upon each board member’s understanding of the workings of district-wide operations and each member’s ability to participate meaningfully in the decision-making process that governs the district.

Three positions also will appear on the spring ballot. The incumbents are Miguel Aranda, Casey Judd and Steven Ryan.

The deadline for the incumbents to file a notification of noncandidacy, thereby not seeking re-election, is Friday, Dec. 27, by 5 p.m. One incumbent, Miguel Aranda, has filed his non-candidacy document.

In January, the board will provide an orientation for board candidates to help them quickly become acquainted with the election process, and board members’ duties and responsibilities. The district administrator has developed, in consultation with the board, a candidate orientation program to be presented by district staff and a board member appointed by the board president.

The candidate filing documents may be obtained and filed at the office of the school board secretary at the Whitewater Unified School District Central Office, 419 S. Elizabeth St., Whitewater. School board candidates do not circulate nomination papers but school board secretary, Jaclyn Tueting, will assist in completing necessary filing documents.

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