BBB(LEGAL) - BOARD MEMBERS: ELECTIONS
Note: In addition to the Education Code, the Election Code, and other applicable laws, the district remains subject to Art. 2774b, V.A.T.S.
The district shall be governed by a board of nine trustees. Article 2774b, V.A.T.S.
The term of office of trustees shall be four years. Article 2774b, V.A.T.S.
Board policy shall state the schedule on which specific terms expire. Education Code 11.059 [See BBB(LOCAL)]
Uniform Election Dates
Each general or special election of board members shall be on one of the following dates:
- The first Saturday in May.
- The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Election Code 41.001(a)
A district trustee election shall be held on the same date as:
- The election for the members of the governing body of a municipality located in the district;
- The general election for state and county officers, which is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years under Election Code 41.002; or
- The election for the members of the governing board of a public junior college district in which the school district is wholly or partly located.
Elections held on the same date as provided above shall be held as a joint election under Election Code Chapter 271, and the voters shall be served by common polling places consistent with Election Code 271.003(b).
Education Code 11.0581(a)–(c)
A board may enter into an agreement with another political subdivision holding an election on the same day in all or part of the same county to hold the elections jointly. The terms of a joint election agreement must be stated in an order, resolution, or other official action adopted by the board. Election Code 271.002
Method of Election
All candidates for trustee shall be voted upon and elected from separately numbered single-member trustee districts, and all candidates shall be designated on the official ballots according to the number of the trustee districts that they seek to represent. The board shall divide the district into nine compact trustee districts. Each trustee district shall contain as nearly as possible the same number of residents as determined by the last preceding federal census. Article 2774b, V.A.T.S.
Residents of each trustee district are entitled to elect one trustee to the board. [For more information on residency, see BBA and BBC] Education Code 11.052(g)
The district's statutory authorization provides that redistricting must occur within six months following the publication of each federal census. The board shall redivide the district into the appropriate number of trustee districts if the census data indicates that the population of the most populous district exceeds the population of the least populous district by more than ten percent. Redivision of the district shall be in the manner provided under Education Code 11.052(f). Education Code 11.052(i)
Except as provided by the following paragraph, a change in district boundaries occurring as a result of redistricting does not affect the term of office of trustees serving on the date of the election for which the change is effective, and each trustee is entitled to serve for the remainder of the four-year term to which he or she was elected.
If a change in district boundaries occurring as a result of redistricting places the residence of a board member whose office is not next up for election outside of the numbered district for which he or she was elected and the board member fails to move his or her residence within the new boundaries of that numbered district before the 45th day preceding the date of the first election for which the boundary changes are effective, the office shall be declared vacant and shall be filled at that election.
Art. 2774b, V.A.T.S.
Boundary Change Notice
A district that changes its boundaries or the boundaries of districts used to elect members to the board shall not later than the 30th day after the date the change is adopted:
- Notify the voter registrar of the county in which the area subject to the boundary change is located of the adopted boundary change; and
- Provide the voter registrar with a map of an adopted boundary change in a format that is compatible with the mapping format used by the registrar's office.
Election Code 42.0615
Method of Voting
The election of trustees shall be by majority vote. Article 2774b, V.A.T.S.