Two people filed opening day for the Washington School Board election in April.

Incumbent Daniel Contarini was the first to file Tuesday morning, according to school officials.

Contarini, 1305 E. Third St., Washington, is completing a three-year term. He also served on the board in the late ’90s.

The second person to file was Trish Mitchell, 821 W. Fifth St., also of Washington.

There are two open board seats. Rick Rehmeier, a longtime board member, does plan to seek re-election.

The last day for candidates to file is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at 5 p.m.

Regular filing hours following the opening day will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the district’s administration building, 220 Locust St. in Washington.

The district will be closed for winter recess from the close of business Friday, Dec. 21, through Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Offices will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7:30 a.m.

School board candidates must be citizens of the United States and resident taxpayers of the district who have resided in the state of Missouri for one year preceding their 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 have never been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States of America.

School board members serve three-year terms.