Welliver is the last of the current School Board members to announce her intentions for the upcoming election. Barbara Lee (Millwood) announced last month that she would seek a second term. Lee’s decision came after the announcements by board members Robina Bouffault (White Post) and Emily Rhodes (Buckmarsh) that they would not seek re-election. School board member Janet Alger (Russel) announced earlier in the year that she will also run again.
Citing her concern over continuity Welliver said via email that, “My concern has been that there needs to be some continuity on the Board,” adding that, ” No one would be well served by another all new School Board.”
Welliver has repeatedly stated that member turnover between school board elections poses a challenge to new school boards who must quickly learn about both school processes as well as how to work together. She has however, expressed her reluctance to continue on the board. “I have had a number of friends and supporters who have suggested that I really should do it again. Since everyone who I have asked about taking my seat on the Board has declined, and I have not heard from any interested parties, I have decided to get the signatures necessary to get my name on the ballot.”
The official filing deadline for candidates is August 22nd.