By Pearl Cantrell
TOOL – The Malakoff ISD school board opted to move its elections to the November General Election date on even-numbered years to combine its early voting with the county and share the election expense.
The action is to accommodate new state and federal laws that give Americans working overseas more opportunity to vote in their local elections, and came during the school board’s meeting Monday night.
For the move to work, school board trustees had to extend their terms of office to four years. In addition, two trustee terms were changed to reflect the extension from every year to every two years election and only half the board being up for election at a time.
Those up for election in November 2012 will be Jason Dalrymple and Damon Sims with the addition of Belinda Brownlow, who volunteered for a shortened term. Those up for election in November 2014 include Rick Vieregge, Dr. Pat Smith, and Gary Woolverton, plus Todd LaRue, who volunteered to have his term extended.
A special called meeting is set for 6:30 p.m., Thursday Dec. 1 to approve an election resolution reflecting the decision made Monday and to approve a letter for pre-clearance for the change from the Department of Justice. After that brief bit of business, the Facility Committee will meet to review what is currently being charged to the MYFA for 12-hour continuous use of school facilities, lighting expenses and other maintenance issues.