School board elections will happen in the fall this year, breaking with tradition in Bartholomew County and making life a little easier on voter registration employees.
The Indiana Legislature last year required all counties to include school board candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot. Supporters maintained the change would boost voter participation.
Until the state’s decision, counties could decide whether to hold the elections with the primary or the general election.
Bartholomew County traditionally held its school board elections in the primary.
School board elections are nonpartisan, meaning the candidates do not declare parties and only one election is needed.
Other candidates have to get through the primary and the general elections to win their seats.
Pat Bryant, Jeff Caldwell and Polly Verbanic have said they intend to run for the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Board.
Verbanic will run in District 3 for the seat now held by John Anderson, who is not seeking re-election. Bryant represents District 5, and Caldwell represents District 7.
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