CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville City School Board will have four out of seven seats up for election this year.

Two seats are open due to retirements. The other two will likely involve races against incumbents.

Sherry Kraft, who’s retiring from her position after eight years, is looking for people to fill the spots.

Kraft said being on the school board puts you at the center of the community.

She said that it's made up of a diverse group with diverse backgrounds, including parents, lawyers, healthcare providers and mental health professionals like herself.

Overall, she said the main requirement is to be passionate about the schools.

"Strategic thinkers, systemic thinkers, who can really absorb a lot of information and also understand that the role of the board is a policy-making role, not a micromanaging role," she said.

Candidates need a petition with 125 signatures from verified Charlottesville voters, financial and conflict of interest forms, and a candidate bank account.

Kraft said it all takes more time than one might think.

All candidate documents and applications are due June 20.

Kraft said to reach out to her or other board members with questions.