Jerry Fleshner
Jerry Fleshner
July 23, 2013

With a little over a week remaining until the election filing deadline, two Carroll Community School District Board seats are open with no announced candidates.

Board members Jerry Fleshner and Dennis Molitor are not seeking re-election to four-year terms on the board.

Fleshner said he is considering a campaign for the Carroll City Council.

"I'm pretty serious about it," Fleshner said.

He plans to make a decision within a week on the council bid - and would run for the at-large position being vacated by Councilman Jeff Scharfenkamp.

Fleshner has served two terms on the school board.

"I've always thought people in those sorts of things should be not be ensconced," he said.

A Carroll pharmacist and owner of the Lincoln Highway Pharmacy and Clinic Pharmacy of Carroll, Fleshner said more diverse representation would benefit the school board. There are currently no women on the five-member panel.

"I would like to see a female go and at least run for that spot," Fleshner said. "It would be nice to get the perspective of a woman."

For his part, Molitor, who is completing his first term, said a priority has been sharing new ideas to incorporate new technology in the classroom.

"I have a vision for providing some classes for our students via the Internet," Molitor said.

He said the technology is available to eliminate the need to cancel school because of inclement weather. Rather than cancel school on those days, the students would complete their class assignments, utilizing the Internet, without leaving their homes, Molitor said.

Candidates for the school board have until 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, to file with the district secretary at the Adams building. All materials must go the district secretary, who in turn, files with the Carroll County Auditor's Office.

Candidates need 50 signatures to file for the Carroll Community School Board.

District secretary and director of business affairs Gary Bengtson said no candidates have come forward to this point.

"Unfortunately, the last couple of elections, that's not unusual," Bengtson said. "It seems to get down to the end before someone files."

School board elections in Iowa will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10.