Mark Farmer steps down from school board, seat open for appointment

Mark Farmer steps down from school board, seat open for appointment

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The field of available positions on the local school board just grew to four with the announcement that Mark Farmer will be stepping down as he prepares to move to accept a job promotion. The Morgan County School Board is planning to discuss the procedure for filling his seat, which will stretch to 2018, at their March 8 meeting. It is likely the board will take applications and appoint Farmer’s replacement without approaching voters.
Three other positions will be on the November ballot, however. Those interested in serving on the Morgan County School Board have until March 17 to file for one of three school board seats available. Each seat will be on the November 2016 ballot for a four-year position.
Chairman Ken Durrant currently represents District 3 (Stoddard, Littleton, Richville, Porterville, Hardscrabble and South Morgan Valley Drive). Board Member Neil Carrigan currently represents District 5 (North Morgan, east side of Morgan City, Round Valley, Taggart’s and Croydon). Board Member Ron Blunck currently represents District 1 (Mountain Green including the Highlands, Whisper Ridge, Trappers, Rollins Ranch and Bradshaw subdivision.
Jennie Earl has filed for the District 3 position. She regularly attends school board meetings and advocates for home school issues. Ron Blunck has filed for re-election. He was originally appointed to the board when Boardmember Jodi Hipwell moved from the county.
Other local positions coming open include four-year terms on the Morgan County Council in District 3, District 4 and one at-large position. Robert Kilmer, Daryl Ballantyne and Chairman Logan Wilde currently fill those seats, respectively. Candidates for those three council seats can begin filing on Friday, March 11, through Thursday, March 17, 2016.
Wilde has voiced his intent to run for state legislature and not run for re-election to the county council.

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