State law requires districts post information in minutes
Whether or not they held a school board election, all school districts have a statutory requirement to post specific election information within their board minutes this year.
In 2018, SDCL 13-7-30 became law requiring schools to report certain school board election information in their minutes.
Even if your district is not holding an election in June, your district must have noted or will note in your board minutes that the annual election was not conducted because there was not a contested vacancy on the school board.
Districts holding elections in June, MUST POST the following information in their board minutes:
- The number of registered voters of the school district on the date voter registration closes;
- The number of registered voters of the school district who voted in the election;
- The percentage of registered voters of the school district who voted in the election;
- The date of the election, and if the election was held in conjunction with a regular municipal election as provided in § 13-7-10.1 or with the regular June primary as provided in § 13-7-10.3.
“All of our districts need to follow the law and put this information in their minutes, whether they hold an election or not,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.
“Over the past few years there has been an increase in bills attempting to dictate multiple aspects of school board elections, of all kinds, and one of the best ways for all of us to fend off these attempts is to prove to the legislature we’re following current statute, which is more than satisfactory.”
For questions related to the requirements within the law, contact Pogany at firstname.lastname@example.org, Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman at email@example.com or Director of Communications Tyler Pickner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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