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The Metropolitan School District of North Posey is required by Indiana law to reorganize the voting districts for school board elections because of the annexation of Consolidated School Town of New Harmony and Harmony Township in 2011.
Since the inception of the MSD of North Posey, the five (5) member board was elected from three (3) voting districts, with no more than two (2) board members from each district. Now, the school board is requesting public input on its proposal to reorganize the elected members into two (2) voting districts. The districts would be divided along the elementary school lines. District 1 is North Elementary, and District 2 is South Terrace Elementary. Two (2) members from each district and one (1) at large member shall be elected to the five (5) member board.
The next board election is scheduled for November 2014 and all five (5) board seats shall stand for election. Voters will be allowed to vote for candidates from both districts. The candidates from each district receiving the highest number of votes in their district shall have the option to be seated for a two (2) or four (4) year term. The candidates from each district with the second highest number of votes in their district shall be seated for the other term in their district. The remaining candidate with the highest number of votes from both districts shall be seated as the at large member with a two (2) year term. The seats from each district with the two (2) year term and the at large seat shall stand for election in November 2016 for four (4) year terms. Thereafter, all members will be elected to four (4) year terms.
The reason for the proposed conversion from three (3) districts to two (2) districts is fairness and simplicity. No township within the school district will be split except for Center Township. The board hopes this will simplify election district boundaries and the voting ballot.
The board will discuss this proposal and is seeking public input at its next meeting on October 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the administration office. Members of the public are invited to attend and comment on this issue without being named on the agenda.
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