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Ripley library to fill trustee positions in election

April 14, 2016
Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - There are two main elements of a district library: voting on a library's budget and electing trustees. The Ripley Library wants to become a library district that serves the Ripley Central School District.

The public will vote on whether to create the library district on Tuesday, May 17, the same day as the school district vote. In addition to $85,000 in community-based funding, school district voters will also elect seven trustees.

"We're looking for folks who live within the school district to run for trustee," said Janet Skinner, president of the library's board of trustees. "As the library grows, we will need greater public input and having an elected board is the best place to start."

Anyone who is a U.S. citizen, is at least 18 years of age and is registered to vote in the Ripley Central School District is eligible to run for library trustee. All the trustee candidates must circulate petitions to get on the ballot. Each candidate needs at least 25 valid signatures of qualified voters within the school district. Petitions are due no later than 5 p.m. on April 18 to the Clerk of the Ripley School District. Those submitting petitions are also asked to notify Rhonda Thompson, Library Director, of your candidacy by providing copies of your nomination petitions to her as well.

"Charting the future of our Library is important," Skinner said. "We are hoping to have a full slate of candidates on the May ballot."

Those that are elected will serve up to a three-year term starting on July 1. To ensure staggered terms, elected trustees will draw straws to determine the length of their actual term.

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