Changes in School Board Election Process


In 2015, the Kansas Legislature passed HB 2104, which changed local election dates, including school board elections.

Previously school board general elections were held in the spring of odd-numbered years. The new law now requires these elections to be held on the Tuesday following the fi rst Monday in November of odd-numbered years. If necessary, primary elections will be held on the first Tuesday in August of odd numbered years. 

A brief listing of dates of interest include:
  • Primary election – Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  • General election – Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • Primary election – Tuesday, August 3, 2021
  • General election – Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Method of Elections/Voting Plans

Changes in the local method of election and/or voting plan may be made between the first Wednesday in November of an even-numbered year (i.e. Wednesday November 2, 2016) and ending the first Tuesday in June of odd-numbered year (i.e. June 6, 2017), if the change is also approved in an election before the end of the period.

Terms of Office

Term expiration dates for school board members scheduled to expire in 2017 under the old plan will now expire on the second Monday in January of 2018.

Newly-elected school board members will take office on the second Monday in January following the election.

Local Action Required

Boards must pass a resolution stating that the terms of board members that would expire at any time in 2017 will now expire on the second Monday in January of 2018.

There is no definitive date on when the resolutions should be passed, although it is advised that it is passed prior to the expiration of the board members’ original terms (June 30, 2017). Boards can also pass it much sooner if they desire. A sample resolution can be found here.

Please contact KASB for additional information or questions. 
The following is a quick reference guide to use as Kansas transitions to a new process for electing school board members. 

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