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Orange County to reopen filing for vacant Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board seat

New school board members will oversee construction of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Lincoln Center campus, which will replace the existing building with this new 2-story building housing offices and a pre-K center as well as an expanded Phoenix Academy. Artist’s rendering.
New school board members will oversee construction of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Lincoln Center campus, which will replace the existing building with this new 2-story building housing offices and a pre-K center as well as an expanded Phoenix Academy. Artist’s rendering.

The vacancy on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education will be filled during the Nov. 7 election.

That’s the recommendation of the school board, which agreed Monday to reopen the election filing period for one week to give residents a chance to compete for the seat vacated by longtime board member Annette Streater.

Orange County Board of Elections Director Tracy Reams said the Orange County Board of Elections will follow the school board’s recommendation, although plans have not been finalized.

Reams said the filing period would likely be opened Oct. 2-6, which would give election officials enough time to post a legal announcement and to place the fourth seat on the ballot.

Under the proposal, school board Vice Chairwoman Rani Dasi said the fourth highest vote-getter would complete the final two years of Streater’s term.

And if no additional candidates step forward, Reams said the fourth top-vote getter among the current five candidates would complete the final two years of Streater’s four-year term.

Incumbents Joal Hall Broun and board Chairman James Barrett are seeking re-election. Their challengers include Calvin Deutschbein, Amy Fowler, and Mary Ann Wolf. Board member Andrew Davidson is not seeking re-election.

Streater said she resigned to spend more time with family and to focus on work commitments.

Greg Childress: 919-419-6645, @gchild6645

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