School Board Commissioner Voter Information

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2015 Burlington School Board Commissioner Election Information

Our Schools, Our Community, Our Future

Election Day: March 3, 2015

Information Published by The Partnership for Change: December 17, 2014 

Information Retrieved and Approved by the City of Burlington Clerk/Treasurer’s Office and the Department of Planning and Zoning

Redistricting

On March 3, 2015, the people of Burlington will be able to vote for ALL seats on the Burlington School Board.  Due to redistricting, the current fourteen (14) school board seats will be reduced to twelve (12) seats.  All voters will be able to cast one vote for their Ward (1-8) and one vote for their District (East, Central, North, South).

The eight (8) Wards

The City will be divided into eight (8) Wards, each with approximately equal population, named 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. See the map for their definition. Currently, there are 7 Wards.

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The four (4) Districts

The eight (8) Wards will be combined into four (4) Districts. Each District is the combination of two Wards. The East District will be the combination of Wards 1 and 8, the Central District will be Wards 2 and 3, the South District will be Wards 5 and 6, and the North District will be composed of Wards 4 and 7.

Terms during the Transition

  1. In March 2015 (revised Charter now in effect), the four (4) District-based commissioners will be elected to two (2) years terms.
  2. In March 2015, the eight (8) Ward-based commissioners will be elected to three (3) year terms.
  3. In March 2017, the four (4) District-based commissioners will be elected to two (2) years terms.
  4. In March 2018, eight (8) Ward-based commissioners will be elected to two (2) year terms.
  5. When the Transition is complete in 2018, all commissioners will have two (2) years terms, the same as currently in place.
  6. When the Transition is complete in 2018, all ward-based and all district-based commissioners will be elected in alternating years.

A list of registered voters using the new City Ward and District designations can be found at:  www.burlingtonvt.gov/CT/Elections

Interested in Running for School Board Commissioner?

  1. Determine which Ward or District you represent
  2. Visit http://www.burlingtonvt.gov/CT/Elections to print out the Consent of Candidate for your Ward or District
  3. Collect a minimum of 30 signatures from voters registered in the Ward or District you represent
  4. Turn in your completed Consent of Candidate with signatures to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 149 Church Street in Burlington by 5:00pm on Monday, January 26 to ensure your name is on the official ballot

Need more information, have questions, looking for support?

Join the Vermont School Board Association (VSBA) on Monday Jan. 12, from 7:00-8:30pm at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington for an informational session on what it means to be a school board member.  This session is designed to provide information on what’s involved in serving on a school board, what the role of a school board member is and to help you determine if the school board is right for you. Questions? Visit www.vtvsba.org or contact VSBA Executive Director, Steve Dale: gro.a1449549151bsvtv1449549151@elad1449549151s1449549151.

Who is The Partnership for Change?

The Partnership for Change supports the Burlington and Winooski School Districts to be innovative, collaborative, and equitable learning organizations that inspire all learners to lead their communities to a dynamic and sustainable future.  Acting as a neutral body and working as convener, educator, and organizer, The Partnership for Change does not endorse candidates, and will work to support the districts to achieve this vision with whomever is elected.