Columbus voters need to remember not only the platforms of school board candidates, but also the spelling of some of their names.

Columbus voters need to remember not only the platforms of school board candidates, but also the spelling of some of their names.

There are two races related to the Columbus school board on the Nov. 3 ballot. Six candidates are running for three four-year terms. In addition, three residents will run for the two-year unexpired term left open by the resignation of former school board president Terry Boyd.

A write-in candidate will fill the unexpired term because no one was certified for the ballot in that race. The write-in candidates are current school board president Carol Perkins, former Clintonville Area Commissioner Paul Carringer and Lemuel Harrison Jr., PTA vice president at Columbus Alternative High School.

Although all three write-in candidates supported a levy approved by voters last year, Carringer disagreed with the board's promise not to return to the ballot for four years.

"What happens if all of a sudden a contract was written that makes it so the district goes bankrupt?" he asked. "I don't think the board should make a promise like that. I think they should make a promise that they should manage the money as best as they can."

Voters approved a levy that raised $77-million to extend the school day, purchase new buses and reduce the student-teacher ratio for kindergarten through third grade, among other things.

Both Perkins, 58, and Harrison, 52, agreed with the board's promise that if the issue passed, it would not seek another levy for four years.

"I think one of the reasons why we were successful is that we made promises to the community and we were able to show we kept those promises," Perkins said.

Carringer, 51, said it should be up to voters to decide whether a levy is warranted.

With multiple seats up for grabs on the school board, each of the write-in candidates offered different reasons for seeking a partial term instead of a full term.

Perkins, the director of mobility services for the Central Ohio Transit Authority, initially sought a full term but fell 56 names short of the 300 she needed to be certified for the ballot. When current board member Bryan Steward, who also was not certified for the ballot, chose not to seek the partial term, Perkins decided to enter that race as a write-in.

"I knew that I was going to run as a write-in candidate, I just didn't know which (race) it would be," Perkins said.

Harrison, an attorney and administrator for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, said he had considered running for the board previously but wanted to make sure he could handle the responsibility.

Harrison saw the two-year term as a way to test if he wanted to eventually seek a full term.

"I went for the two-year term and if everything works out I will go forward," he said.

Harrison said he is running to show parents they do not need to pay for an education for their children to be successful.

"I would like to be a member of the board so that message is disseminated widely," he said.

Carringer, an assistant professor at Columbus State Community College and owner of CaringDirect Marketing, said he decided to seek the two-year term after learning no names would appear on the ballot.

"Once it was apparent that no one else was on the ballot, I thought we've got to have someone," he said.