A three-day window will open Monday for those wanting to run for area school board offices.

Candidates who meet eligibility requirements will be presented to voters within their respective districts on a Feb 10 ballot.

Thirteen board positions in nine school districts are available to Ottawa County residents, including a seat on the Northeast Technical Center's board.

Eight of the open seats are for the five-years terms in the No. 4 board positions.

Partial terms are also set to be filled in Commerce, Wyandotte, Picher and Miami where board members vacated their offices early.

In Turkey Ford, the No. 3 board position - a three-year term - is open for candidacy.

If no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the vote on election day, a runoff election will be held between the two candidates with the most votes in the first election.

To be eligible for candidacy, a person must have resided in the district for at least six months prior to the first day of the filing period and have been a registered voter with the county election board at an address located within the district for six months preceding the first day of the filing period. 

No person shall be eligible to be a candidate for or elected to be a member of the board of education of a school district unless the person has been awarded a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency

A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or a felony under Oklahoma law or of the United States or who has entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.

A candidate is ineligible to run if he or she is an incumbent who has failed to earn his or her continuing education credits for the current term of office.

No candidate shall be eligible to be a candidate for or serve on a board of education if he or she is currently employed by the school district governed by that board of education or is related within the second degree by affinity or by blood to any other member of the board of education or to any employee of the school district governed by the board of education.