Schools, colleges get set for board elections

By QCS Staff

For the first time, the Mesalands Community College board of trustees will hold an election separate from K-12 school board elections, said John Yearout, director of MCC’s public relations. That election is set for March 6.

In the past, elections for the college board of trustee candidates and the Tucumcari School Board candidates have held on the same date.

When the college changed its name and status from Mesa Technical College to Mesalands Community College it involved much more that the words used to identify the institution, Yearout said in a recent release. Moving from the technical college standing to the community college status means that Mesalands Community College now falls under a different set of rules and regulations, he said.

For starters, it has been moved from the descriptive category that includes vocational schools and technical colleges into a group of community colleges (two-year institutions of higher learning) with six other institutions.
As terms for the members of the present Board of Trustees expire, two new conditions will be enacted as described in the new legislation, Yearout said.

First, will be that re-elected or newly elected members will serve a longer, six-year term.

The other condition will be that the election will be a separate election, not held in conjunction with any other election.

“We are pleased that this new designation by our legislators has taken place,” said Muriel Latham-Pheifer, chair of the Mesalands Board of Trustees, in the release “It is an important part of the maturing steps being taken that will make Mesalands a more valuable and essential part of the community.”

Two members of the five-member board are up re-election, Bronson Moore, District 4, and Jimmy Snadoval, District 2.
Filing day for candidates is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the County Clerk’s Office; and filing day for write-in candidates is Jan. 30 before 5 p.m.

Schedule for the 2007 School Board Elections, Feb. 6

For K-12 school board elections, the following dates apply:
Jan. 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., first day a voter may mark in person, an absentee ballot in the County Clerk’s office.
Feb. 1, last day that County Clerk’s Office will mail out absentee ballots
Feb. 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., last day to vote early/absentee in the County Clerk’s Office.
Feb. 6, School District Election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at:
• District 1, Del Norte Center
• Distict 2, Tucumcar Recreation Center
• District 3 and 4, Tucumcari High School Auditorium and
• District 5, Immanuel Baptist Church.