A year ago the question was does anyone want a seat on the Booneville School Board? Today the question is are there multiple someones who would like to serve.

When Sam Tabler read a prepared statement announcing his resignation at the close of the June meeting of the Booneville School Board that brought to four the number of seats that are currently available.

Tabler, who had two years remaining on his term, said he had mixed emotions about his resignation.

"I have enjoyed the past eight years of service on this board but at this point I have been presented with some opportunities I feel I need to examine," said Tabler. "I want to thank the board for the opportunity to remain a board member during the year I spent in Iraq. The year I spent in Iraq is part of the reason for some of the present opportunities.

"My belief is this is the right time for me to pursue other interests."

Tabler also noted his youngest son Travis has been accepted at the Arkansas School for Math and Sciences and the Arts; his oldest child Cody is a student at the University of Arkansas; and his wife, Audrey, a Booneville Public School teacher, is currently working towards a doctorate in education.

"I have the utmost confidence that with the staff, faculty, administration and school board the Booneville School District will continue moving forward with the education of district students in the professional manner we have become used to," said Tabler.

According to his statement, Tabler’s resignation took effect at the end of Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting, which was notable because only a quorum of four of seven current members — Tabler, Oliver, Stacey McCollough and Cobb were present; Todd Preston, Mike Farris and Carol Lloyd were absent — were in attendance.

Tabler’s resignation from the board also came just one day after potential school candidates could begin circulating petitions for the annual Sept. 17 school election.

A year ago the petition period ended with nobody throwing their hat in the ring in Booneville, although Bill Oliver, whose term was expiring, made no secret he would not seek re-election after a single five-year term.

Rather than resign or miss three consecutive meetings and be forcibly replaced by the board, Oliver stayed around for a sixth year. Oliver’s seat will again be vacant in the 2013 election for a four-year term.

However, because terms are also expiring for Mike Farris and Bobby Cobb there will be at least four seats open during the election. The seats currently held by Cobb and Farris are for full five-year terms.

Things are a little less complicated in Magazine.

The seat currently held by Robert Curtis will be vacant in Magazine. Curtis was appointed to the board last year after Don Dickens resigned his seat prior to the school hiring his son.

Because the term was due to expire this year the open seat is for a full five-year term.

School board candidacy petitions must contain at least 20 signatures of registered voters who are residents of the school district. Petitions are due in the County Clerk’s office between July 2, and noon on July 9. Ballot positions will be drawn at 1 p.m. on July 9, in the County Clerk’s office.

The annual school election will be held on Sept. 17. Polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Early voting will begin on Sept. 10 and end at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.

Anyone otherwise eligible but who has not registered to vote has until Aug. 18 to do so in order to vote in the election.