Filing for two open seats on the Washington School Board in the April election will resume at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The school district is now closed for winter break.

Only the two incuments — Kevin Blackburn and John Freitag, both of Washington — have filed to date. Both men filed opening day.

Candidates should register in Julie Bell’s office on the second floor of the district administration building at 220 Locust St. in Washington.

Regular filing hours will be on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last day to file is Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The district also will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The board member qualifications are set by state statute, and there is a slight change this year. Previously, candidates could not have been found guilty of nor pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor. Misdemeanor has been removed.

Other qualifications are as follows:

All candidates must be at least 24 years of age, a U.S. citizen and resident taxpayer of the district, and have resided in Missouri for one year preceding their election.

Candidates cannot be delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes or real property taxes on stated residence.

They also cannot be a registered sex offender, or found guilty or pled guilty to a felony under federal laws or Missouri law.

Candidates must file all required campaign disclosure reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission, when applicable, for all previous elections in which they were candidates.

The seven-member board of education serves as the governing body for the school district.

The school board sets district policies, selects the superintendent, adopts the annual budget and determines the tax rate.

The school board always holds a reorganization meeting in April. New school board members are sworn in at that time for their new terms.