Board elections begin during the first week in May, and extend for a ten-day period beginning on the Wednesday of the first full week of May, until the Friday of the following week.
During this election period, voting hours are from the beginning of the school day until 1/2 hour after the school day has ended. Voting will extend until 7:00 pm for at least two days during the voting period. If the first or last day designated for voting falls on a legal holiday, then the election period will begin or end on the following business day.
The Board advertises for Board candidates during the first week of April, and will provide interested candidates with Board Member Application forms and Candidate Information forms upon request. Candidates must complete these forms and return them to any member of the Board by the end of the second full week in April. The Board shall publish a list of candidates and their corresponding forms not less than two (2) weeks prior to the election.
Each Academy family will be accorded one vote per available position. Proxy voting is prohibited. Voters may not vote for the same candidate more than once.
Those candidates receiving the most votes will fill the available seats in the Board. In the event of a tie vote for a position, a second ballot will be cast for that position only, with only the tied candidates eligible for the position. If a second tie occurs, a result will be obtained by flipping a coin.
The term of the directors shall be determined by the initial Board of Directors by resolution. The Board of Directors sets staggered terms for directors. Despite the expiration of a director’s term, the director continues to serve until the election and qualification of a successor or until there is a decrease in the number of directors, or until such director’s earlier death, resignation or removal from office. The Board either holds a special election or appoints directors to fill each of the director positions which become open from time to time. Any director may be removed at any time, with or without cause, by a supermajority (5/7) vote of the directors. See Academy Bylaws 3.2.
Following each May election, the Board shall vote to select its own leadership. At the Board’s own discretion, it may also reorganize following the filling of a Board vacancy.
In the event of dismissal, resignation, or other vacancy of the Board (other than any vacancy which occurs within six (6) months of a regularly scheduled election), the Board will conduct a special election to fill the remaining portion of the vacant member’s term. For a vacancy which occurs within six (6) months of a regularly scheduled election (three (3) months in the event that such vacancy was the result of a successful recall vote), the remaining Board members will appoint a replacement from the candidates who submit their names to serve until the next regularly scheduled election.
Advertising for Special Elections
In the event of a special election, the Board advertises the vacancy and request candidate nominations within one (1) week of the confirmation of the vacancy. Interested candidates must apply and submit the necessary paperwork within two (2) weeks of the advertising of the vacancy. An election to fill the vacancy will occur within four (4) weeks of the advertising of the vacancy. The special election shall run for a period of three (3) days during normal school hours with a minimum of one (1) evening until 7:00 pm.