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Congratulations on taking the first step in becoming a School Board Member in your local public school district. Serving in your community and being an advocate for public education can be one of the most rewarding, worthwhile things you can do with your time. While it may be challenging at times, other school board members will tell you there are incredible rewards seeing that students in your community, and throughout Nebraska, have the means necessary to become our future.

In Nebraska, school board election procedures vary depending on school district classification. Under Nebraska Revised Statute §79-102, Nebraska’s public schools are classified as follows:

  • Class II – any district embracing territory having a population of 1,000 inhabitants or less that maintains both elementary and high school grades under the direction of a single board. [§79-102(2)]
  • Class III - any district embracing territory having a population of more than 1,000 and less than 150,000 inhabitants that maintains both elementary and high school grades under the direction of a single school board. [§79-102(3)]
  • Class IV - any district embracing territory having a population of 100,000 or more inhabitants with a city of the primary class within the territory of the district that maintains both elementary and high school grades under the direction of a single school board. [§79-102(4)]
  • Class V - any district whose employees participate in a retirement system established pursuant to the Class V School Employees Retirement Act and which embraces territory having a city of the metropolitan class within the territory of the district that maintains both elementary grades and high school grades under the direction of a single school board and any school district with territory in a city of the metropolitan class created pursuant to the Learning Community Reorganization Act and designated as a Class V school district in the reorganization plan. [§79-102(5)]
What Do I Need to Know?

Contact your local school district or ESU office to inquire about the availability of all forms necessary to file for office.

Class II Districts:

  • 5 to 9 members on board [§79-550]
  • 4-year terms (in most circumstances) [§32-542(2)]
  • The school board must notify the Secretary of State, county clerk, or election commissioner of offices to be filled, term, vacancies, votes to cast, and filing deadlines for each office by January 6,2020 [§32-404 and §32-601]
  • Election of members only at Statewide General Election (November 3, 2020)
  • Incumbents must file for office by July 15, 2020
  • Non-Incumbents must file for office by August 3, 2020

Class III Districts: (Except Westside Community Schools)

  • 5 to 9 members on board [§79-549 or §79-550]
  • The school board must notify the Secretary of State, county clerk, or election commissioner of offices to be filled, term, vacancies, votes to cast, and filing deadlines for each office by January 6, 2020. [§32-404 and §32-601]
  • Board members are nominated at the Statewide Primary Election (May 12, 2020) and elected at the Statewide General Election (November 3, 2020)
  • Incumbents must file for office by February 18, 2020.
  • Non-Incumbents must file for office by March 2, 2020

Westside Community Schools:

  • 6-member board
  • Nominated by caucus
  • Elected at the Statewide Primary Election
  • Two members elected at each election for six-year terms [§32-543(1)]

Class IV Districts:

  • Board members nominated and elected by city council district and at the same time as city council members are elected [§32-544]
  • Board members serve 4-year terms [§32-544]
  • The school board must notify the Secretary of State, county clerk, or election commissioner of offices to be filled, term, vacancies, votes to cast, and filing deadlines for each office by January 6, 2020 [§32-404 and §32-601]
  • Board members are nominated at the Statewide Primary Election (May 12, 2020) and elected at the Statewide General Election (November 3, 2020)
  • Incumbents must file for office by February 18, 2020
  • Non-Incumbents must file for office by March 2, 2020

Class V Districts:

  • One member elected from each of 9 districts [§32-552]
  • The school board must notify the Secretary of State, county clerk, or election commissioner of offices to be filled, term, vacancies, votes to cast, and filing deadlines for each office by January 6,2020 [§32-404 and §32-601]
  • Board members are nominated at the Statewide Primary Election (May 12, 2020) and elected at the Statewide General Election (November 3, 2020)
  • Incumbents must file for office by February 18, 2020.
  • Non-Incumbents must file for office by March 2, 2020

Educational Service Units:

  • The number of board members and the district each member represents vary for ESUs and are dependent on factors outlined in §79-1217.
  • The ESU board must notify the Secretary of State, County Clerk, or Election Commissioner of offices to be filled, term, vacancies, votes to cast, and filing deadlines for each office by June 15,2020. [§32-404 and §32-601]
  • Election of members only at Statewide General Election (November 3, 2020)
  • Incumbents must file for office by July 15, 2020.
  • Non-Incumbents must file for office by August 3, 2020.

For Additional Election Information please see the Nebraska Secretary of State website for filing dates and deadlines:
www.sos.ne.gov/elec/genvoterinfo.html 
Candidates information: http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/candidateinfo.html
Local county clerk’s office/ election commissioner: http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/clerks.html

Important Dates
  • December 2, 2019 - First day an individual may file for office to have their name placed on the ballot as a candidate at the 2020 election. (§32-606)
  • January 6, 2020 - Last day for political subdivisions [the school board] to notify the Secretary of State, county clerks or election commissioners of offices to be filled, terms, vacancies, votes to cast, and filing deadlines for each office. (§32-404 and §32-601)
  • February 18, 2020 - Last day for incumbents (any current office holder) to file for office on the primary ballot. (§32-606)
  • March 2, 2020 - Last day for non-incumbents (new filers) to file for office on primary election. (§32- 606)
  • May 12, 2020 - Statewide Primary Election (§32-401)
  • June 15, 2020 - ESUs holding elections in conjunction with the statewide general election must notify the Secretary of State, county clerks or election commissioners of offices to be filled, terms, vacancies, votes to cast, and filing deadlines for each office. (§32-404 and §32-601)
  • July 2020 - NASB Candidate Seminar: The Board Leadership staff will present this free seminar that provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of board members. Watch for more information at www.NASBonline.org
  • July 15, 2020 - Last day for incumbents (any current office holder) not on the Primary Ballot to file. (§32-606) educational service unit board members; class II schools.
  • August 3, 2020 - Last day for non-incumbents (new filers) to file for office. (§32-606) educational service unit board members; class II schools.
  • November 3, 2020 - Statewide General Election §32-403

Please click on the links below for a copy of the NASB candidate guide "Preparing to Serve", and more. Preparing to Serve contains information regarding the election and a school board member’s role and responsibilities, as well as specific information regarding NASB’s role in the success of a school board member.

NASB and the Nebraska Public Leadership Foundation (NPLF) would like to offer you encouragement and resources as you prepare for this most important role.

PREPARING TO SERVE 2018 (PDF)
2020 NASB Board Elections (PDF)
NEBRASKA SECRETARY OF STATE
Nebraska Public Leadership Foundation
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