Trustee Election by AcclamationSaturday, April 2, 2011, 2:04 pm
As provided in 20-3-313(1), MCA, "If the number of candidates filing for vacant positions or filing a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate under 13-10-211, MCA is equal to or less than the number of positions to be elected, the trustees may give notice that a trustee election will not be held. Notice must be given not later than 25 days before the election.
The deadline for a candidate for a trustee position to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in is 5 p.m. on April 7, 2011. After this deadline, if the number of candidates filing a nomination petition or a declaration to be a write-in candidate is equal to or less than the number of positions to be elected, school districts have only one day to declare an election by acclamation.
Most school districts include a provision in the "Trustee Resolution Calling for an Election" that authorizes the election administrator to cancel any portion of the election if it is later determined that the election is not necessary. However, if the resolution does not include that provision, trustees may need to schedule a meeting for the evening of April 7, 2011, in order to pass the necessary measures to cancel the trustee election.
For more information, contact Brenda Thomas, (406) 444-4524