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Three Candidates Vie for STLCC Board of Trustees Seat; Incumbent Is Unopposed for Another Seat

February 29, 2016

Three candidates will vie for a seat on the St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees while an incumbent is unopposed for his seat in the April 5 election.

Candidates for the Subdistrict 1 seat include incumbent Derek R. Novel, a retired educator and active community volunteer; Theodis Brown Sr., chief of the Castlepoint Fire Protection Association; and Candace D. Gardner, a special education instructor at Northview Elementary School in the Jennings School district. The winner will serve for four years, at which time an election will be conducted to fill the seat for a full six-year term.

Incumbent Craig Larson, Ed.D., was the only person to file for the seat in Subdistrict 4. In accordance with state statutes, there will be no election for that seat. Larson will be sworn in for his second six-year term at the college’s April 28 board of trustees meeting.

Subdistrict 1 includes the Hazelwood, Ferguson/Florissant, Riverview Gardens, Jennings, Pattonville, Ritenour, University City, Normandy, Clayton and Ladue school districts.

Subdistrict 4 includes the school districts of Parkway, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Rockwood, Valley Park, Meramec Valley, Hancock Place and small portions of Jefferson and Franklin counties.

The STLCC Board of Trustees is a six-member board that represents the four subdistricts of the college service area. Subdistricts 1 and 4 are the two large subdistricts, each represented by two trustees. Subdistricts 2 and 3 are smaller, each represented by one trustee. District voters elect board members periodically for six-year terms.

The board is responsible for determining the policies of the college within the legal framework established by statutes of the state of Missouri. The board makes all final decisions concerning employment, termination of services, expenditure of funds, contracts, establishment of new programs, student fees, tax levies and construction of facilities. Regular board meetings are scheduled each month and are open to the public.