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June 26, 2014

Five TCAPS board seats up for election

TRAVERSE CITY — Five Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education seats are up for election in November, and four who hold the current seats said they may run again.

Scott Hardy, Erik Falconer and Todd Sanders all said they plan to file, but Sanders isn't sure if he'll keep his name in the hat come fall. Sanders, the newest board member, was sworn in on June 9 after Julie Puckett resigned.

"If I take away that option and then look back with regret, it would be ridiculous," Sanders said. "It's best to go through the procedures of it and then figure it out in the fall."

Doris Ellery was appointed to fill a board vacancy in January. She could not be reached for comment, but told a Record-Eagle reporter in January she wouldn't have applied to fill the vacancy if she didn't want to run in November.

The deadline for candidates to file with the Grand Traverse County Clerk's office is July 22 at 4 p.m.

Falconer said he plans on running for a second term in November because he has three daughters in TCAPS and has the time to commit to the board.

"It's a privilege to work with administrators and teachers and families of TCAPS and students," he said. "It makes sense for us as a family timing-wise for me to run for another term."

Hardy also said he'd like to continue to on the board. He said he's gained valuable understanding of how the district functions, and he'd like to have a role in the selection of the new TCAPS superintendent in 2015.

"Once you get your arms around the issues and the backgrounds of those issues it makes it much easier to serve and be useful on a school board, and I think I'm finally getting to that point of understanding," he said.

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