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Legal control of McPherson USD 418 is vested in the seven members of the Board of Education, elected to staggered four-year terms by district residents. Any registered voter who resides within the boundaries of McPherson may run for election to the Board.
Changes in School Board Election Process
In 2015, the Kansas Legislature passed HB 2104, which changed local election dates, including school board elections.
Previously school board general elections were held in the spring of odd-numbered years. The new law now requires these elections to be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years. If necessary, primary elections will be held on the first Tuesday in August of odd numbered years.
A brief listing of dates of interest include:
Primary election – Tuesday, August 1, 2017
General election – Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Primary election – Tuesday, August 3, 2021
General election – Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Method of Elections/Voting Plans
Changes in the local method of election and/or voting plan may be made between the first Wednesday in November of an even-numbered year (i.e. Wednesday November 2, 2016) and ending the first Tuesday in June of odd-numbered year (i.e. June 6, 2017), if the change is also approved in an election before the end of the period.
Terms of Office
Term expiration dates for school board members scheduled to expire in 2017 under the old plan will now expire on the second Monday in January of 2018.
Newly-elected school board members will take office on the second Monday in January following the election.
Members of the Board of Education invite you to be involved with your schools. Your questions and comments are always welcome.
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS
Board meetings are held for the purpose of establishing or amending school policies, acting on recommendations by the superintendent on matters ranging from personnel to maintenance of facilities, adopting an operating budget and tax rate for the district and authorizing the spending of budgeted funds.
An agenda is prepared and studied by the Board president and superintendent in preparation for each meeting. All votes are recorded, and minutes are kept on permanent record by the Board Clerk. Because Board members actively seek the advice and counsel of district residents, citizens are encouraged to attend Board meetings.