Filing for Office
There are two ways to file as a candidate for election. The first is to file a declaration of intention to become a candidate and to pay a $20 filing fee to the county election officer of the county in which the district is located. A person may also become a candidate by filing a petition with the county election officer. The petition must contain signatures of 50 registered voters residing in the member district or geographic area from which the board member is to be elected or (with the exception of individuals running for at-large positions) 10 percent of such electors, whichever is less. No candidate may withdraw their candidacy after the filing deadline.
The filing deadline for the November 2017 election is June 1, 2017.
Local Voting Plans
The voting plan to elect members varies among school districts. In some districts, all board members are elected at-large by the citizens of the district. In other school districts, some members are elected from certain areas of the district, and other board members are elected at-large. Contact your local county election office or school district superintendent if you need further information about the voting plan in your district.
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.
Changes to the Election Cycle
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