Qualified individuals interested in serving on the Enid Board of Education are encouraged to file for open seats at the Garfield County Election Board, December 5-7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two seats are up for election: No. 1, a four-year term and No. 6, a four-year term. The seats are currently held by Matt Sampson, No. 1 and Kyle Whitehead, No. 6. Candidates must live in the office area they would like to represent. See the board zone map. The election is slated for February 14. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the run-off election will be April 4. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Qualifications for the positions include:
- Must have lived within the district for at least six months prior to the first day of the filing period.
- Must have been a registered voter with the county election board at an address located within the geographical boundaries of the district for at least sixth months prior to the first day of the filing period.
- Must have a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency.
- Special regulations apply to those who have been convicted or pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or a felony. Fifteen years must have passed since the completion of the related sentence. Individuals are not eligible to run during a pending appeal of such conviction or plea.
- Cannot have a relative within the second degree currently employed by the district.
- Once elected, members of the Board of Education are required to complete - within 15 months of election - at least 12 hours of instruction on education issues, including school finance, Oklahoma education laws and school board-related ethics, duties and responsibilities.
Any person interested in more information is encouraged to contact Karl White, EPS Chief Financial Officer, by calling (580) 366-7000 or visiting 500 S. Independence. Information packets are available.