Brooklyn Center School Board approves even-numbered election years

The Brooklyn Center School Board adopted a measure that would shift future school board general elections to even-numbered years.

A Feb. 13 school board meeting saw the school board adopt a measure introduced by Board Chair Cheryl Jechorek that would ensure that any school board election would be held on an even-numbered year, with the belief that voter participation would be much higher if they were held in conjunction with state general elections rather than odd-numbered special election seasons.

As enacted, school board elections held after 2017 in the Brooklyn Center School District will be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November on an even-numbered year. Board terms that would otherwise expire in January 2018 will be extended to expire in January of 2019 instead.

The motion was approved unanimously by the school board.

In other school board news, the district is seeking applications from interested parties in light of Boardmember Erika Schulz resigning from the board. The board will select the new board member in lieu of an immediate special election. The vacant seat’s term will expire Dec. 31, 2017, with Schulz’ successor up for re-election in November 2017.

Eligibility relies on the applicant being at least 21 years of age, an eligible voter, a resident of the Brooklyn Center School District at least 30 days prior to appointment and lacking in criminal felony convictions. Ideal applicants would be passionate about public education and the best interests of students in the district.

Those interested in applying can send a letter of interest to School Board Chair Cheryl Jechorek by March 31, and can submit said letters to either 6300 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Suite 286 in Brooklyn Center, or via email at [email protected] Interviews with applications will take place this April.

Contact Christiaan Tarbox at [email protected]