A majority of the seats on the Seneca Valley School Board are open for election in November, and prospective candidates are running out of time to get their names on the ballot.
There are five seats up for re-election out of nine spots on the board, and at least two incumbent members have already declared their intent not to seek reelection.
Anyone wishing to run for the open seats must compile and submit 10 signatures on a petition to the county’s Bureau of Elections by March 12, according to bureau director Shari Brewer.
Current board members Eric Gordon and Jason Wehrle already have stated they won’t seek re-election.
Gordon, who has served four years on the board representing a piece of Cranberry Township, is instead running for a seat on the township’s board of supervisors, while Wehrle said he wants to spend more time with family.
“I’m currently talking to some neighbors to see if someone else wants to run for the school board,” Gordon said. “There aren’t any takers that I know of.”
Wehrle, who also represents a neighborhood in Cranberry Township, said the board will be left in good hands.
Board member Eric DiTullio said he intends on running again and that he isn’t worried that an infusion of new blood on the board could disrupt the current working relationship of the members.
“I think this board has finally gotten to the point where we work very well together,” he said. “I expect that civility would continue.”
Incumbent Jeanette Lahm said she also plans on running again.
“I’m very confident in the decisions we’ve made as a board and I feel like I’m really doing a service for the community I represent,” she said.
Board member James Welsh did not respond to calls for comment, although other board members indicated his desire to run again.