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There will be at least one contested race for school board seats in the November election.

The window to file a petition of nomination run for school board in Bartholomew County opened July 23, and so far seven people have started the filing process or expressed their intent to run.

The four Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. board members whose terms expire this year — Bob Abrams, Jill Shedd, Kathy Dayhoff-Dwyer and Rich Stenner — announced their candidacies for four-year terms at a recent board meeting.

No one has yet filed to run against the incumbents for BCSC, but the deadline is not until Aug. 22.

Gregory Spurling, who currently occupies the at-large seat on the Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. board, will not seek re-election in the fall.

He has served for more than 12 years and said it is time to pass the torch.

Two candidates have announced for that seat: Warner Michener and Pat Walters.

Michener moved to Hope in 1990 to become principal of Hope Elementary School, where he stayed for 13 years. He retired in 2004 and now wants to be involved in public education in a different capacity.

Walters is new to seeking public office and is an electrician for Cummins Inc.

His mother went to school in Hope and taught there for 32 years. He attended school there, and his two children are enrolled at Hope Elementary.

“I absolutely love our school,” he said. “It is more a member of my family than it is a building. I want people to understand they can come to me and ask questions; I want to communicate openly.”

This year is also the end of the term for Thomas Miller, who currently serves as the Hawcreek representative on the board. Miller has not yet filed a petition of nomination with the clerk’s office and has not returned a call about whether he will seek re-election.

If Miller intends to run again for the Hawcreek seat, he’ll have competition: John Harker, who has served on the school board for 20 years in the past and served as Hope’s dentist since 1973, has filed to run.

Harker was elected as the Hawcreek Township representative in 1984 and served five terms. He did not seek re-election in 2004.

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