School Board Filing Opens

Incumbents Blackburn, Freitag File for Re-Election to Board of Education
Posted on 12/15/2020
School Board Filing OpensIncumbents Kevin Blackburn and John Freitag both filed for re-election as the School District of Washington’s school board filing opened on Tuesday, December 15, at 8 a.m.

There are two open seats to the Board of Education. Blackburn and Freitag both were on hand to file for re-election at the District Office as filing opened on the morning of December 15. No other candidates were on hand as filing opened. Filing will remain open until Tuesday, January 19, at 5 p.m.

Blackburn is completing his third term on the Board after first being elected in 2012. Freitag is finishing his second term after first being elected in 2015.

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

Candidates should register in Julie Bell’s office on the second floor of the Washington School District administration building at 220 Locust St. in Washington.

Regular filing hours following the opening day will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The district office will be closed for the winter break from the close of business Tuesday, December 22, through Friday, January 1. It will reopen on Monday, January 4, at 7:30 a.m.

Except for the first and last day of filing, filing will not occur on days that the District is closed due to inclement weather.

Board member qualifications include:

All candidates must be at least 24 years of age, U.S. citizens and resident taxpayers of the district, and have resided in Missouri for one year preceding their election.

Candidates cannot be delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real property taxes on stated residence.

They also cannot be a registered sex offender, or found guilty or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri law.

Additionally, candidates cannot be convicted or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under federal law.

Candidates must file all required campaign disclosure reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission, when applicable, for all previous elections in which they were candidates.

About the Board

The seven-member Board of Education serves as the governing body for the school district.

The school board sets district policies, selects the superintendent of schools, adopts the annual budget and determines the tax rate.

The school board always holds a reorganization meeting in April following the election. New school board members are sworn in at that time for their new three-year terms.

School Board Filing
Incumbents Kevin Blackburn, foreground, and John Freitag file for the School District of Washington’s Board of Education on Tuesday morning, December 15.

School Board Filing

Incumbents Kevin Blackburn, foreground, and John Freitag file for the School District of Washington’s Board of Education on Tuesday morning, December 15.

School Board Filing

Incumbents John Freitag, foreground, and Kevin Blackburn file for the School District of Washington’s Board of Education on Tuesday morning, December 15.

School Board Filing
Incumbents John Freitag, foreground, and Kevin Blackburn file for the School District of Washington’s Board of Education on Tuesday morning, December 15.