Residents will vie for school board seats

Five more residents have filed declarations of candidacy for seats on local school boards in the Nov. 8 election.

They are Ken Browning for the Hamilton Township seat on the Seymour Community Schools board of trustees; Bill “B.J.” McLain for the District 1 seat and Dale L. Schmelzle for the District 4 seat on the Crothersville school board; and Joe Campbell and John Hughes for at-large seats on the Medora school board.

Brownstown Central Community School Corp. does not have an elected school board. Instead, members are appointed by the town council and township trustees.

The deadline to file is noon Friday at the Jackson County Courthouse in Brownstown.

Browning, along with Jeff Joray and current Seymour school board President Art Juergens, are seeking re-election to their seats. So far, no one has filed to run against them.

Joray holds the Jackson Township seat, and Juergens holds the Seymour City seat.

In Crothersville, McLain is looking to replace his wife, Trina McLain, on the board. She is not seeking re-election this year.

Schmelzle, who currently is the board president, is seeking re-election and so far is the only one running for the seat.

In Medora, Campbell, who serves as board president, is seeking re-election, and Hughes is looking to be elected to the seat he was appointed to in 2014 to replace Teresa Brewer after she resigned to become corporation treasurer and administrative assistant.

A third seat in Medora, currently held by Faythe Gill, also is up for election. Gill was appointed to the board in 2015 to replace Todd Carney, who resigned because he moved out of the school district.

January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at or 812-523-7069.