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Three seats to be open on Kirtland board

ROSCOMMON – Potential candidates for the Kirtland Community College Board of Trustees will be competing for three seats in an upcoming election Tuesday, May 3. But those seeking to join the Kirtland board must first complete the tasks necessary to get their name on the ballot, as an important deadline looms ahead.

The cut-off to file nominating petitions or to pay an optional $100 filing fee is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Persons considering running for a board position may pick up nominating petitions at either the Roscommon County Clerk’s office or at the president’s office on Kirtland’s main campus near Roscommon.

The number of signatures needed to have a candidate placed on the ballot may vary from 50 to 200, and must be signatures of registered voters from within the college’s tax district that includes Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw and Roscommon counties, as well as portions of Alcona, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Missaukee and Otsego counties.

“Candidates who elect to pay the optional $100 filing fee are not required to secure voter signatures,” said Kathy Koch, administrative assistant to the president at Kirtland.

Filing the nominating petitions or payment of the optional filing fee must be completed at the Roscommon County Clerk’s office, located in the Roscommon County Courthouse in downtown Roscommon, even if the candidates are from other counties within Kirtland’s tax district.

“Everything is being handled by the (Roscommon) county clerk’s office,” Koch added.

The seats on the Kirtland board that are up for election include trustee positions currently held by Denis Weiss of West Branch, and Roberta Werle and Richard Silverman, both of Roscommon. All three seats are for six-year terms expiring June 30, 2017.

Regular meetings of the Kirtland Board of Trustees are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., except in June, when the meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday of the month. Board members are not compensated for their time, but they are reimbursed for any expenses associated with their duties, such as mileage.

Annually, about 3,200 students attend a variety of certificate and two-year degree programs at Kirtland’s four locations – the main campus near Roscommon and the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in Gaylord, as well as in Grayling and West Branch – with the college’s service area including all or parts of Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Otsego, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Gladwin and Alcona counties, and the surrounding areas.

For more information, contact Koch by calling 989-275-5000, extension 253, or via e-mail at kathy.koch@kirtland.edu. And details on the Kirtland Board of Trustees, including information on individual board members, may be viewed online at www.kirtland.edu/board-of-trustees.