FARMINGTON — While this past Tuesday was a major election day for Farmington and San Juan County, the Farmington school board is looking ahead to next year's election.

Members of the Farmington Municipal Schools Board of Education approved a resolution Thursday night that sets the stage for a school board election early next year over two seats.

The election date has been set for Feb. 5 for school board districts 2 and 3.

Qualified voters in the districts must vote at the FMS Central Office, 2001 N. Dustin Ave.

The seats for districts 2 and 3 are currently held by Secretary Nancy DeLong and Deputy Secretary Bill Young. DeLong and Young's terms expire March 1.

Superintendent Janel Ryan told board members the San Juan County county clerk requested a centralized polling place to handle the voting.

"We determined it would be best to have it here at the district office," Ryan said. "It is probably the better polling place."

District 2 will encompass the election precincts of Nos. 48 and 56, and those portions of precincts 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 67, 68, 69, 70 and 74 within the school district.

District 3 encompasses election precincts 33, 35, 36, 37, 51, 52 and 53, and portions of 19 and 77 within the school district.

In the resolution passed Thursday, those interested in declaring candidacy for the offices must have paperwork filed with the San Juan county clerk, in the San Juan County Administration Building in Aztec, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 18.

Write-in candidates for the school board must file with the county clerk before 5 p.m. Jan. 2.

Applications for absentee ballots also will be available from the clerk's office in Aztec. Completed applications must be returned before 5 p.m. Feb. 4.

Only residents residing in school board districts 2 and 3 will be qualified to vote. Those residing in the districts but not registered must register to vote by 5 p.m. Jan. 8.