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School board seats open

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By Nathan L. McBroom

Three seats on the Shelby County Board of Education are up for grabs this November. And with less than four days before the filing deadline, no one has yet put their name in the hat for the jobs.

Board members, Brenda Jackson and Sam Hinkle said they intend to file before the Aug. 12 deadline and run for the current positions.

Allen Phillips, who has been on the board for close to 20 years, said he has not yet decided if he will run for reelection. Phillips currently represents the southeast side of the county in district 3.

Jackson and Hinkle both said they considered not running again this year.

Jackson, who represents Shelbyville in District 5, said after being elected 20 years ago, she has run unopposed in every election since then.

That's either a good thing or a bad thing, she said.

"It either says people think I'm doing a good job or people aren't interested," she said. Jackson said she hopes it is the former and not the latter.

Hinkle, who represents district 2, has been on the board for eight years.

He said he decided to run so he could continue to make a difference.

The county is broken up into five districts and each district is given a seat on the school board.

Eligibility requirements include being a resident of one the districts that has an open seat and having a diploma or GED.

Each petition must contain the signatures of at least two individuals who are legally qualified to vote in the election.

Candidates must be filed with the county clerk's office by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Aug. 12.