ISD Biennial Elections
For intermediate school districts that do not have a popularly elected board of education, board membership is determined biennially on the first Monday in June pursuant to the Revised School Code. Under this process, a body composed of designated representatives from each constituent school district elects the ISD board. A calendar of significant dates for the 2017 biennial election follows this article.
Appointing a Representative
Each constituent school district’s board first must consider the appointment of its representative during at least one public meeting before adopting a resolution appointing its representative. The constituent board must approve the appointment resolution by a majority vote of its serving members no earlier than 21 days before the biennial election date. The resolution must identify the candidate(s) that the constituent board supports for each ISD board position and must direct its representative to vote for those candidate(s) on the first ballot. A form resolution is available from your Thrun Law Firm election attorney.
Notice to Constituent Board
The ISD board secretary must send notice of the time and place of the electoral body’s meeting by certified mail to each constituent board’s secretary at least 10 days before the meeting.
Candidate Petitions/Filing Fee
A biennial ISD board candidate may be nominated by filing petitions signed by school electors of the ISD area. County clerks must maintain a supply of such forms and provide them to interested candidates. Once signed, the petitions must be filed with the ISD’s election coordinator (the county clerk of the county in which the largest number of the ISD’s electors reside) at least 30 days before the election.
If the ISD’s population is less than 10,000 according to the most recent federal census, a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 20 signatures of school electors must be obtained. If the ISD’s population is 10,000 or more, a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 100 signatures must be obtained.
A registered voter within the ISD’s jurisdiction may sign as many petitions as there are vacancies to be filled. An ISD candidate may circulate a petition through all constituent school districts.
As an alternative to the petition process, a candidate may pay a non-refundable filing fee of $100 to the ISD’s election coordinator. If the fee is paid by the due date for nominating petitions, a nominating petition is not required.
The ISD election coordinator should determine the sufficiency of the nominating petitions and the eligibility of the named candidates. The election coordinator also must provide ballots for use by each constituent board at its meeting, listing the names of all candidates properly nominated. The chairperson of the biennial election meeting takes nominations from the floor for a vacancy only if no nominating petitions have been filed for a vacancy.
The ISD board president and secretary act as chairperson and secretary of the meeting, respectively. The meeting must comply with the Open Meetings Act.
ISD Board Members
Each member of a biennial ISD board is elected to a 6-year term that begins July 1 following the election. No more than two members of the ISD board should be from the same constituent school district unless there are fewer districts than there are positions to be filled.
ISD Board Vacancies
Vacancies on the ISD board must be filled by a vote of the remaining members of the ISD board until the next biennial election, when the vacancy is filled for the balance of the unexpired term. Notice of a vacancy must be filed with the State Board of Education within five days of the vacancy. If the vacancy is not filled within 30 days, the State Board of Education must fill the vacancy.