June 26, 2024

Here are the candidates for Hamilton County school boards in the November election

School boards have four core responsibilities: adopting policies, approval of the annual budget and overall fiscal oversight, setting goals and hiring and evaluating the district’s superintendent. - Lauren Chapman / IPB News

School boards have four core responsibilities: adopting policies, approval of the annual budget and overall fiscal oversight, setting goals and hiring and evaluating the district’s superintendent.

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

Twenty-five candidates are on the ballot to take one of the 14 seats open on Hamilton County school boards in the Nov. 5 election. 

School boards have four core responsibilities: adopting policies, approval of the annual budget and overall fiscal oversight, setting goals and hiring and evaluating the district’s superintendent.

School board members, which are non-partisan elected positions, don’t oversee day-to-day operations of school districts. Candidates for at-large seats represent all residents within the district’s boundaries.

The boundaries of Sheridan Community Schools covers part of both Hamilton and Boone counties. 

Most school boards have five or seven members at a time, with staggered election years. 

The deadline for candidates to declare their candidacy with the Hamilton County Election Board was June 20. Candidates have until noon on July 15 to withdraw from the general election. 

Winners of the 2024 election will start their terms in January.

Here’s the list of candidates:
 

Carmel Clay Schools


At-large – two open seats

  • Robin L. Clark
  • Dina Ferchmin
  • Jon Shapiro
  • Kristina (Kris) Wheeler
     

Hamilton Heights Schools


Jackson Township – one open seat

  • Kevin Cavanaugh (Incumbent)
  • Elizabeth Fouch​​

White River Township – one open seat

  • Gretchen S. Pennington (Incumbent)
     

Hamilton Southeastern Schools


Delaware Township – one open seat

  • Greg Lannan
  • Latrica A. Schooley

Fall Creek Township – one open seat

  • Suzanne Thomas (Incumbent)
  • Terry Tolle

Wayne Township - one open seat

  • Sarah E. Parks-Reese (Incumbent)
  • John F. Stewart
     

Noblesville Schools
 

At-large – Three open seats

  • Christi Crosser (Incumbent)
  • David L. Dawson
  • Alison Hanley
  • Bradley A. Helvey
  • Stephanie Lambert (Incumbent)
  • Bret Richardson
     

Sheridan Community Schools
 

Marion Township in Boone County – Two open seats

  • Dan Fleming (Incumbent)
  • John Hunt (Incumbent)
  • Eric Nyberg
     

Westfield Washington Schools
 

District 1 – one open seat

  • Carrie Larrison

District 3 – one open seat

  • Matthew Hullinger
  • Carl Mike Steele (Incumbent)


Contact WFYI education editor Eric Weddle at eweddle@wfyi.org.

 

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