Per May 23, 2016 Board Resolution, effective with the November 2016 Election, Grand Ledge Public Schools will begin transitioning to 6-year terms of office for all Board Trustees. As noted in Exhibit A of the Resolution, the November 2016 Ballot will include four (4) seats open on the Grand Ledge Public Schools Board of Education. Two of these open seats will be 4-year terms and two will be 6-year terms. Candidates filing to run for election to the School Board will need to declare if they are seeking a 4-year seat or 6-year seat.
To be eligible, a candidate must be a registered voter within the Grand Ledge Public Schools district. The candidate must be at least 18 years of age; a citizen of the U.S.; a resident of the State of Michigan for at least 30 days; and a resident of the school district on or before the 30th day prior to the date of the election. Property ownership is not a requirement for candidacy.
Be aware - the Michigan Constitution was amended to make a person ineligible for election or appointment to any state or local elective office if the person was convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud or a breach of the public trust within the preceding 20 years, and the conviction was related to the person's official capacity while holding any elective office or position of employment in local, state, or federal government.
Nominating petitions or filing fees for local school board candidates must be filed in accordance with county deadlines. For specific deadline dates, please visit the Information for Candidates page.
Board of education candidates have the option of paying a nonrefundable filing fee of $100 to the Eaton County Clerk's Office instead of filing a nominating petition. If paid by the appropriate due date, the fee has the same effect as filing a nominating petition.
The election consolidation law requires nominating petitions (or the $100 fee) and the affidavit of identity to be filed with the "school district filing official" (Eaton County Clerk's Office for Grand Ledge).
In all local school districts, nominating petitions must meet the following signature requirements:
- If the population of the school district is less than 10,000 according to the most recent federal census, a petition must be signed by a minimum of six registered voters of the school district and a maximum of 20.
- If the population of the school district is 10,000 or more according to the most recent federal census, a petition must be signed by a minimum of 40 registered voters of the school district and a maximum of 100.
- If nominating petitions contain more than the necessary number of signatures, the excess signatures are NOT counted.
NOTE: An elector may only sign petitions equal to the number of board members that will be elected in the school district.
Per May 23, 2016 Board Resolution, effective with the November 2016 Eelction, Grand Ledge Public Schools will begin transitioning to 6-year terms of office for all Board Trustees. As noted in Exhibit A of the Resolution, the November 2016 Ballot will include four (4) seats open on the Grand Ledge Public Schools Board of Education. Two of these open seats will be 4-year terms and two will be 6-year terms. Candidates filing to run for election on the November ballot will need to declare if they are seeking a 4-year seat or 6-year seat.
Subsequently, the November 2018 election will have three 6-year open seats and with the November 2020 election, the transition to 6-years terms of office will be complete with the last two 4-year seats transitioning to 6-year terms.
A petition sheet can not be circulated by more than one person.
A person who circulates nominating petitions for a school board election must be registered to vote in Michigan. The circulator must complete and date the certificate at the bottom of the petition after gathering the last signature he or she intends to collect on the petition. Signatures on a petition sheet that are dated after the date on the circulator's certificate are invalid.
A petition sheet can not be circulated in, nor signed by, electors residing in more than one township or city. Only those electors residing in the township or city identified in the petition heading are eligible to sign that petition sheet.
All signatures on a petition sheet must be affixed in a face-to-face exchange with the petition circulator. A circulator isn't permitted to leave a petition unattended.
For further information, forms, and the number to the Eaton County Clerk's Office, please click the Candidate Information link on the right side of this page under Important Links.