School board calls for February primary vote

From left, Ada City Schools Executive Director of Personnel and Operations Bryan Harwell and Superintendent Mike Anderson listen to a discussion during Monday’s meeting of the Ada Board of Education. The board approved a resolution calling for a primary school board election on Feb. 12, 2019, and a general election in April.

The Ada Board of Education made preparations Monday for next year’s school board elections.

Voting 5-0, the board approved a resolution calling for a Feb. 12, 2019, primary election if at least three candidates file for the position currently held by Russ Gurley, which is already scheduled to appear on the ballot. A primary election would also be scheduled if three or more candidates file for a position that appears on the ballot as an unexpired term.

The general election will take place April 2 under the following circumstances:

• If only two candidates file for a position scheduled to appear on the ballot or for an unexpired term.

• If none of the candidates in the primary election receives more than 50 percent of the vote.

Polling places for both the primary and the general election will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. the day of the election.

People interested in running for the school board must file their declaration of candidacy between 8 a.m. Dec. 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 5 with the Pontotoc County Election Board office, 131 W. 13th St.

The school district will close Precinct 620058 for the school board election because the precinct is only partially contained within the district’s boundaries, and the area within those boundaries is uninhabited, said Superintendent Mike Anderson. Precinct 620052 will also be closed for the school board election because fewer than 100 voters live in that precinct.

“This is an allowable option anytime there are less than 100 registered voters residing in a split precinct,” Anderson said. “Precinct 620052 currently has 21 registered voters within in its boundaries.”

He said the election board will notify the registered voters who live in that precinct about the closure and make absentee ballots available to them.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.