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School Board Election Information

Date: 7/3/2012 1:57:00 PM
For Immediate Release
Contact: Webmaster

It's about leadership and the future. School boards provide the critical link between schools, parents and the community.

School boards in Arkansas are expected to:

  • Understand and approve the district budget
  • Review and approve prepared financial statements
  • Approve the annual audit
  • Share responsibility for fiscal accountability, facilities and student academic achievement
  • Obey state laws regarding nepotism and doing business with the school district (self-dealing)
  • Meet high ethical standards
  • Transact business as a group in a legally called session
  • Comply with the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act

To run for school board, visit your county clerk’s office to request a packet of material about running for office.

  • School board elections held the third Tuesday in September
  • Candidate petition and filing dates available from the Secretary of State's website (click here for 2012 election calendar)
  • Candidate needs 20 signatures of qualified registered voters from his/her district on petition
  • Circulate a petition no earlier than 90 days prior to the election to gather the required signatures
  • Signatures must be from registered voters who are residents of the district and respective electoral zones
  • File the petition with the county clerk during a one week period ending at noon 70 days before the election
  • Runoffs, if needed, are held three weeks after the election

School board candidate qualifications:

  • Must be a qualified elector of the school district served whose name has been filed and certified by the county clerk of the county in which the school district is domiciled for administrative purposes ACA §§6-13-616, 6-14-111
  • Must be a U.S. citizen Amendment 51, §6
  • Must be an Arkansas resident Amendment 51, §6
  • Must be a resident of the district and respective electoral zone if elected from zones ACA §§6-13-631, 6-13-633
  • Must not be an employee of the school district served ACA §6-13-616
  • Must not claim the right to vote in another county or state Amendment 51, §6
  • Must not presently be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction Amendment 51, §6
  • Must never have been convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery, or other infamous crime Article 5, §9

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For board zone information, please click the link below.