Rule creates unusual situation for Mendon School Board election

Posted: Jan. 7, 2013 10:53 am Updated: Jan. 21, 2013 11:15 am

The Mendon School Board’s election ballot April 9 will feature four candidates for four available seats, but only three of the individuals will be able to take office. A fourth person will have to be appointed after the election.

This unusual situation emerged because of a district rule that stipulates no more than three board members from the same township can serve simultaneously.

This rule will not impact James M. Farmer, who is running unopposed for an unexpired two-year term.

However, two of the three candidates seeking three available four-year terms — Mark Thompson and Jason Connoyer — live in the same township as current board members Peggy Duesterhaus and Danielle Fleer (Township 1N Range 8W). So only one of those two can be elected.

The third candidate for a four-year term, Cory A. Miller Sr., lives in a different township and is virtually assured of winning a seat.

As a result of this situation, the board will have a vacancy for a four-year term immediately after the election. So after the board reorganizes in May, it will have to appoint someone from a different township than Township 1N Range 8W, according to Superintendent Diane Robertson.