Since two candidates registered opening day for the Washington School Board election in April, there have been no new filings.

The school district is now closed for winter recess. District offices will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

Incumbent Scott Byrne, who currently serves as board president, was the first to file Dec. 17, opening day.

Byrne, who lives at 261 Hunters Ridge Drive in Labadie, is seeking a third term. He was first elected to the board in 2008.

Also filing opening day was Janie Chalem, who resides at 410 Brookfield Drive in Washington. This is Chalem’s first run for school board.

Both Byrne and Chalem have children in the school district.

There are three open seats on the board. The terms of Byrne, Jennifer Triplett and Brian Sumner will expire this spring.

Board members are elected to three-year terms.

The last day for candidates to file is Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the district administration office, 220 Locust St. in Washington.

Regular filing hours will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and resident taxpayers of the district, who have resided in Missouri for one year preceding the election.

Candidates also must be at least 24 years of age, not a registered sex offender, not serving a sentence or period of probation for a felony or a crime that if committed in Missouri would have been a felony, and never been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony misdemeanor under federal laws.

The seven-member school board sets district policies, selects the superintendent of schools, adopts the annual budget and determines the tax rate.

The board generally meets on designated Wednesday evenings during the school year and monthly during the summer.

Board meetings are held in the boardroom on the second floor of the district administration office, at 7 p.m.