Now is the time for all interested Missourians to begin filing for school board candidacy in their particular school district, except for Kansas City, where filing begins the day after Christmas. Filing times in Kansas City differ due to the different way the districts are structured in that area. Brent Ghan, with the Missouri School Boards Association, says the process is simple, qualifications are easy to fulfill, and he encourages anyone who can to do so. He believes that serving on one’s local board of education makes a real difference in the lives of children. The filing period ends for all districts January 22nd, and elections are in April. More information is available at the Missouri School Boards Association Web site.