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Election matters top ISD agenda

February 13, 2013

Elections will be the main topic of discussion when Big Spring Independent School District trustees hold their regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the high school board room.

The board will consider approval of a resolution which would allow trustees to be elected by a simple plurality of votes. Currently, trustees must be elected by a majority of votes, even if that means holding runoff elections.

BSISD Business Manager Debbie Green said the change would only impact races which attract three or more candidates — a rare occurrence in school board elections — while saving the district money in the process.

Green pointed to the 2011 District 2 trustee election — which featured a run-off between eventual winner Pat DeAnda and Maria Padilla — as an example of why a change is needed.

“In a district with more than 1,200 registered voters, only 23 voted in the runoff, and it cost the school district more than $4,000 to hold the election,” Green said.

Both the state education and election codes allow for trustees to be elected by a plurality vote, she added.

“This is not the federal, state or county level,” Green said. “Those are bigger elections and much more complicated. At most school districts, you either have plurality elections or at-large school board positions (which don't require a majority vote).”

Also Thursday, trustees will make the official call for school board elections to be held May 11. Three single-member district seats are up for election this year — District 5, currently held by Chad Wash; District 6, currently held by Jeff Brorman and District 7, in which Phil Fuqueron is the incumbent.

No candidate filings had been received as of Tuesday morning. Wash has announced his intention to seek re-election, while Brorman said he has not yet decided whether to run for another term. Attempts to reach Furqueron for comment were unsuccessful.

Deadline to file for the BSISD trustee elections is March 1.

Green said early voting for the May 11 election will be held at the Howard County Courthouse. Election day polling will occur at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

In other business Thursday, trustees will consider:

• A report on Head Start's intention to purchase the Bauer campus.
• Legal and local policy updates.
• Approval of employment recommendations for administrators, directors and coordinators.

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