While the main political season is heating up, some elections will be wrapped up in a little over a week.
School Board and millage elections will take place Tuesday, Sept. 18, but for many districts with no contested races, only early voting will be available. Faulkner County Clerk Melinda Reynolds established the early voting times and places for school elections, which will begin Tuesday.
The only contested school board race comes in Conway, where Carl J. Barger and Ron Hill will both be vying for a seat on the Conway School Board. The seat, which will hold a five-year term, is Zone 1, Position 4. Conway School District voters will also vote on allocation of surplus funds by the school district’s millage. The current millage is 38.1 mills, 25 of which are spent toward general maintenance and operation. The other 13.1 mills have been paid toward the retirement of existing bond indebtedness.
Vilonia residents will be voting on the possibility of a millage increase to 39.9 mills. If approved, the increase of 1 mill will go toward payment of debt of about $7.2 million, which will go toward erecting and equipping new school facilities and improving existing facilities.
Two candidates are running unopposed for school board positions in Vilonia. Randy Sanders is running for Position No. 5, which is a three-year term, and Scott Newell is running for Position No. 3, another three-year term.
In Greenbrier, voters will have the same decision on how to spend a surplus from the mills collected. Randy Goodnight is running for the Greenbrier School Board. He will occupy Position No. 3, and he is running unopposed.
In Guy-Perkins, Chris Acre is running for Zone 5 of the school board. Voters there will also vote to determine how to use surplus funds from the millage, which currently sits at 39.5 mills. Mayflower voters will only have to vote on the use of the already set millage of 40.5 mills. No school board positions are open in Mayflower.
For Mt. Vernon and Enola voters, a similar vote for millage surplus funds will be on the ballot, as will the election of Michael Brady to Zone 1 of the school board. He is running unopposed.
Only early and absentee voting will be available for voters from Mayflower, Greenbrier, Guy, Mt. Vernon and Enola. That voting will be available at the Faulkner County Courthouse from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and then on Monday, Sept. 17 from 8-4:30 p.m. For Conway and Vilonia voters, early voting sites include First Baptist Church in Vilonia for Vilonia voters. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Vilonia will also open up a voting site at Friendship Baptist Church in Vilonia. No voting will take place at the courthouse on election day. For Conway voters, the Conway Sports Center will be open for voting.