School Board Elections

School Board elections are held the first Tuesday in November of even number years in conjunction with state general elections. Board members are elected at large for four-year terms. New directors take their seats in January, and the Board elects new officers at that time.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to be elected to the School Board a person must be:

  • at least 21 years old at the time the term of office begins,

  • a resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to the election,

  • an eligible voter, which includes the requirement that one is a citizen of the United States, and

  • not registered as a convicted sex offender.

Forms

An Affidavit of Candidacy is available in paper form from the District Office or electronically from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Affidavit of Candidacy Form.

If the private data box is checked on the Affidavit of Candidacy, the Address of Residence Form must also be completed.

Click here to access the Campaign Filing Packet through the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Filing

Candidates must file their Affidavit of Candidacy and $2 filing fee with the school district clerk at the District Office. Once filed, the fee will not be refunded.

A candidate may file a petition in place of the fee, which must be signed by individuals eligible to vote for the candidate. Petitions must be signed by the lesser of 500 signatures or 5 percent of the number of votes cast in the school district at the preceding school board election.

Campaign Financial Report

Candidates must file Campaign Financial Reports within 14 days after receiving $750 in campaign contributions or spending $750 on the election. Subsequent reports are due ten days before the election, 30 days after the election, and by Jan. 31 of each year following the year when the initial report was filed. Once a final report is filed no subsequent reports are required. Candidates should refer to the campaign manual for complete information.

Candidates must certify that all reports required by Minnesota Statute 211A.02 have been filed or that the candidate has not received contributions or made disbursements exceeding $750 in the calendar year. The Campaign Financial Report Certification of Filing must be submitted no later than seven days after the election. Candidates should refer to the campaign manual for complete information.

Click here for more candidate campaign financial reports.