School Board Elections
School Board members are elected during the November Election on either odd or even years. Board members are elected at large for four-year terms. New directors take their seats in January and new officers are elected.
Prospective School Board Candidates Resources
Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) is a private, nonprofit organization that exists to support the work of public school boards and public education.
MSBA’s Running for School Board webinar
MSBA’s “Running for School Board” brochure
MSBA’s “Running for the School Board: A Primer for School Board Candidates” power point
2020 Version of the Campaign Manual
In order to be eligible to be elected to the School Board a person must be:
Must be at least 21 years old at the time the term of office begins,
Must be a resident of the district for at least 30 days prior to the election,
Must be an eligible voter
Must not be registered as a convicted sex offender.
Conflicts of Interest
Must not earn more than $8,000 per fiscal year as a district employee
No personal financial interest in the sale, lease or contract with the district (there are exceptions)
Must not hold another elected position except township board
Important Dates to Remember
July 28, 2020: First Day to file for School Board election
August 11, 2020: Last day to file for School Board election
August 13, 2020: Last day for candidates to withdraw (by 5 p.m.)
November 3, 2020: School Board election
January 11, 2021: Term begins for Board members elected in the 2020 general election
Affidavit of Candidacy
An Affidavit of Candidacy is available in paper form from the business office or electronically from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Affidavit of Candidacy form. This form needs to be filled out, notarized and returned to Laporte Public School Business Office between July 30, 2020 and August 13, 2020, along with the $2 Filing Fee. Summer Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. On August 13th, the office will be open until 5:00 pm. Notaries are available at the school. If the private data box is checked on the Affidavit of Candidacy, the Address of Residence Form must also be completed.
Filing for School Board Elections
The filing fee for school district office is $2. Once the Affidavit of Candidacy has been filed with the school district clerk and the fee paid, the filing fee will not be refunded. Filing should be done at the Laporte Public School Business Office at 315 Main Street West, Laporte.
A candidate may file a petition in place of the $2 filing fee. The petition must be signed by individuals eligible to vote for the candidate. Petitions must be signed by the lesser of 500 signatures or 5 percent of the number of votes cast in the school district at the preceding school board election.
Campaign Financial Report
Candidates must file Campaign Financial Reports within 14 days after receiving $750 in campaign contributions or spending $750 on the election. Subsequent reports are due 10 days before the election, 30 days after the election, and by Jan. 31 of each year following the year when the initial report was filed. Once a final report is filed no subsequent reports are required. Candidates should refer to the campaign manual for complete information. All candidates are required to file these forms even if $0 contributions or spending was done on the election.
Candidates must certify that all reports required by Minnesota Statute 211A.02 have been filed or that the candidate has not received contributions or made disbursements exceeding $750 in the calendar year. The Campaign Financial Report Certification of Filing must be submitted no later than seven days after the election. Candidates should refer to the Campaign Manual for complete information.
Board Member Training
A newly elected School Board member will receive training in school finance and management within 180 days of taking office. The training is developed in consultation with the Minnesota School Boards Association and the Minnesota Department of Education.
Affidavit of Withdrawal of Candidacy
If after submitting the Affidavit of Candidacy you decide not to run for the School Board, complete the Affidavit of Withdrawal form, have it notarized, and return it to Laporte Public School Business Office no later than 5:00 pm on August 15th. Notaries are available at the school.
Note: Hold down your control key and left click on the links to access the information and forms that are attached.
Where do I Vote?
To Register to Vote or to Apply for Absentee Voting
Visit the Secretary of State’s Office Voter Information to register to vote online.
Absentee Voting in Person
Beginning 45 days prior to the election, ISD 306 residents can vote in person at Hubbard County Government Center, 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids, MN 56470.
Hours are: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Additional hours: The Saturday before election (10/31/2020) 10:00 am – 3:00 pm The day before election (Tuesday, 11/2/2020) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hubbard County oversees all absentee voting by mail. For more information regarding absentee voting by mail, please visit Hubbard County's Voter Information page.
Official election results are reported by the Secretary of State's Office.