Members of the Hamshire-Fannett ISD school board are excited ahead of this year's election.

Bob Thewman, who has been on the board for eight years, says working with parents and students is part of his passion.

"It's all about the kids, we have great kids in this community, great parents in this community. I believe we have a great school board, and we're going to take it in a positive direction like it currently is in,” Thewman said.

Thewman is one of four incumbents seeking re-election, and will run against Craig Berry for the presidential seat.

Chad McLeod is running for a spot on the board of trustees that he's held for eight years. McLeod believes the district showed its strength after Pamela Lechler resigned as superintendent in September.

He wants to continue the positive progress the district is making.

"I'd say we have a very smooth transition moving into the interim position and uh so far I believe with all the feedback I'm having is very positive in the community, and the district and the teachers and everybody is happy with where we're at right now,” McLeod said.

Thewman is ready to continue open conversations with the community.

"We had an idea to come out here, meet some of the constituents, talk to them about some issues, there's going to be a forum tomorrow, most of the candidates are going to attend that. The teachers are going to put it on so we're going to answer some questions to the public at that time," Thewman said.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday at Grace Community Church.

Early voting for the school board begins next week.