ELECTIONS AND REFERENDUMS

2017 bond and operating referendum results and schedule

MSBA's bond survey shows at least 64 school districts trying for a bond referendum or capital project levy this year. In November, 37 of the districts will have questions on the ballot. So far, 8 of 24 district requests were approved. MSBA's survey also shows at least 51 school districts trying for an operating levy referendum this fall, 17 of them are renewals. If your bond or levy is not on this list, contact Greg Abbott

2017 Operating Levy Results | 2017 Bond Referenda Results

Important Election Dates

Board-Approved Referendum Authority Resolutions

The following links provide model board resolutions relative to converting existing and/or creating new board-approved referendum authority. The model to be used is dependent on the amount of the current voter-approved referendum authority after the subtraction of the local optional revenue allowance of $424.

School Board Member Referenda Do's and Don'ts Brochure

Resolution Establishing School District Primary Election System

To make your school district subject to the primary election system, boards must pass this Primary Election System resolution before April 15. If your board does not want to hold a primary election, do NOT pass this resolution. Your filing period will then be in August and all candidates will proceed to the general election.

If your board has already passed a resolution that set filing dates for May AND the board does NOT want to be subject to the primary election system, your board should revoke the resolution setting the filing dates before the filing period begins.

Passing this resolution will not guarantee that the district will have a primary election. The law provides that if the board has made the district subject to the primary system and if there are more than two candidates for a specified school board position or more than twice as many school board candidates as there are at-large school board positions available, the school district must then hold a primary.

Download a copy of the “Resolution Establishing School District Primary Election System."