Early voting for school board elections begins Tuesday.

Seven school board seats are up for election this year with only one contested in the Sept. 20 school board election.

Early voting for school boards will be at the Crawford County Emergency Operations Center at 1820 Chestnut St., Van Buren, during regular business hours for the Crawford County Clerk’s Office. It begins Tuesday and ends Monday, Sept. 19.

Van Buren School District Board of Education Zone 4 is the only contested school board seat this year and the only seat up for election in Van Buren. Incumbent Carman L. Young will face Robert E. Robinson for election to Zone 4.

Also on the Van Buren School Board ballot will be an option for a 3-mill increase in property tax for those living in the school district.

If approved, the millage increase will result in an additional $1 million generated per year for the district to use for maintenance and operations, said Van Buren Superintendent Harold Jeffcoat.

The increase of 3 mills will cost taxpayers $5 per month, or $60 per year, for every $100,000 in home value, Jeffcoat said. A $200,000 home will equal $10 per month, or $120 per year, he said.

School boards in Mulberry, Cedarville, Alma and Mountainburg each have seats up for election this year, with only one filing for each seat.

Incumbent Andrew Lewis filed for his Position 5 seat on the Mulberry-Pleasant View Bi-County School Board, and Terry Durhan for Position 1, which is in Franklin County. Lewis was appointed to his seat in February.

Incumbents Ronnie Newton and Ronald D. Haught each filed for their seats on the Alma School Board, Haught for Position 2 and Newton for Position 6 to which he was appointed Feb. 2.

Stacey Shelly filed for Position 2 on the Cedarville School Board, which is currently held by Jerry Kennedy. Mike Moxley filed for Position 2, currently held by Carol Pense, on the Mountainburg School Board.