State Primary & County General -
AUGUST 2, 2012 (THURSDAY)- ELECTION DAY
Early Voting starts July 13 - 28 (hours will be posted at a later time)
CLICK TO SEE DISTRICT 5 HOT SEAT RACES
LAST DAY TO QUALIFY - THURSDAY - APRIL 5, 2012 - - 12:00 NOON -
LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW - THURSDAY - APRIL 12 AT 12:00 NOON
Loudon County School Board
|District 1 Seat A Loudon||Ken Hupp||2/15/2012||
William E. Marcus- INCUMBENT
|William E. Marcus||2/6/2012||
|District 1 Seat B Loudon|
Scott Newman- INCUMBENT
|District 3 Greenback||Philip Moffet||3/29/2012||
|District 5 Seat A||Brian Brown||3/19/2012||
|Eaton & Harrison Rd.||Teresa Karimian||2/6/2012||
|Gary Ubben||Gary Ubben INCUMBENT||2/6/2012||3/30/2012||3/30/2012|
|Freddie E. Walker||2/15/2012||2/27/2012||2/27/2012|
|District 5 Seat B|
|Eaton & Harrison Rd.||Jeremy Buckles||2/22/2012||3/21/2012||3/21/2012|
|Van Shaver - INCUMBENT||Van Shaver||2/6/2012||3/2/2012||3/2/2012|
|District 7 Tellico Village|
|Craig Simon - INCUMBENT||Craig Simon||2/17/2012||2/18/2012||2/25/2012|
|State of Tennessee House of Representative 21st District|
|Andrew Bennett (D)||3/26/2012||4/3/2012||4/3/2012|
|Jimmy Matlock - INCUMBENT||Jimmy Matlock (R)||2/10/2012||3/26/2012||3/26/2012|
|State of Tennessee House of Representative 32nd District|
|Kent Calfee (Roane) (R)||2/06/12||
|Julia Hurley - INCUMBENT||Julia Hurley - (R)||2/17/2012||
|Allen Cole (Roane) (I)||2/13/2012||
|Jack McNew (Roane) (D)||3/26/2012||4/3/2012||4/3/2012|
STATE REPRESENTATIVE QUALIFICATIONS:
- Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
- Shall be a citizen of the United States, at least 21 years of age, and shall have resided 3 years in this State and 1 year in the county represented immediately preceding the election. (TN Constitution Article 2, Section 9)
- Each district shall be represented by a qualified voter of that district. (TN Constitution Article 2, Section 5a)
SOURCE: TENNESSEE STATE ELECTION
NOTE: School Board members receive $300 monthly, or $3600.00 yearly to serve on the school board.
BOARD OF EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS
- Basic qualifications of TCA 8-18-101; and
(T.C.A..§ 8-18-101 (2012) -
Eligibility to hold office.
All persons eighteen (18) years of age or older who are citizens of the United States and of this state, and have been inhabitants of the state, county, district, or circuit for the period required by the constitution and laws of the state, are qualified to hold office under the authority of this state except:
(1) Those who have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, or of larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship in the mode pointed out by law;
(2) Those against whom there is a judgment unpaid for any moneys received by them, in any official capacity, due to the United States, to this state, or any county of this state;
(3) Those who are defaulters to the treasury at the time of the election, and the election of any such person shall be void;
(4) Soldiers, sailors, marines, or airmen in the regular army or navy or air force of the United States; and
(5) Members of congress, and persons holding any office of profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States.)
- Shall reside within and be a qualified voter of the district represented. (TCA 49-2-201)
- Shall file with the county election commission proof of graduation from high school or receipt of a GED, evidenced by a diploma or other documentation satisfactory to the commission. (TCA 49-2-202)
- No member of the county legislative body nor any other county official shall be eligible for election as a member of the county board of education. (TCA 49-2-202)
SOURCE: TENNESSEE STATE ELECTION
SCHOOL BOARD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
School board members in each county are required to be elected by the people from districts of substantially equal population. Board members must be elected to staggered four-year terms, and may succeed themselves. Board members in special school districts may serve different terms of office established by private act but must be popularly elected on a staggered term basis. T.C.A. § 49-2-201.
Boards of education may have "no more members than the number of members authorized by general law or private act for boards of education in existence on January 1, 1992, or the number of members actually serving on a board on January 1,1993," or the General Assembly, by private act, may establish the membership of particular school boards at any number not less than three nor more than eleven. T.C.A. § 49-2-201.
Members of the board of education must be residents and voters of the county in which they are elected, and, except in a few counties, must possess a high school degree or G.E.D. Members of the county legislative body and other county officials are not eligible for election to the board of education. T.C.A. § 49-2-202(a). Members of the board of education are not eligible for election as teacher or any other paid position under the board. T.C.A. § 49-2-203(a)(1)(D).
SOURCE: COUNTY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICE (CTAS)
SCHOOL BOARD - State law
49-2-202. Members and meetings.
(a) (1) Members of the board shall be residents and voters of the county in which they are elected and shall be citizens of recognized integrity, intelligence and ability to administer the duties of the office.
(2) No member of the county legislative body nor any other county official shall be eligible for election as a member of the county board of education.
(3) No person shall be eligible to serve on the board unless the person is a bona fide resident of the county and has a practical education; provided, that beginning on October 1, 1990, except in counties having a population of:
according to the 1980 federal census or any subsequent federal census, no person shall qualify as a candidate for a position on a county board of education until the person has filed with the county election commission proof that the candidate graduated from high school or received a GED, evidenced by a diploma or other documentation satisfactory to the commission. Any person serving on a school board as of October 1, 1990, shall be allowed to continue to serve and to seek reelection or reappointment to one (1) additional term even though the person may not have graduated from high school or received a GED.
(4) If any member ceases to reside in the county, the office of the member shall become vacant.
(5) All board members shall be properly trained during their service on the board of education. The minimum requirements for this training shall be established by the state board of education and shall include an annual session for all board members. The commissioner of education may remove from office any local board member who fails to attend the annual training as prescribed by the state board of education.
(b) All members of the local board of education shall take oath to discharge faithfully the duties of the office.
(c) It is the duty of the board of education to:
(1) Hold regular meetings at least quarterly for the purpose of transacting public school business; provided, that the chair may call special meetings whenever in the chair's judgment the interest of the public schools requires it, or when requested to do so by a majority of the board. The chair or the chair's designee shall give reasonable notice of the time and location of all meetings to the president of the local education association or the president's designee; and
(2) Elect one (1) of its members as chair annually.
(d) The compensation of members of the county board shall be fixed by the county legislative body for their services when attending regular and special meetings and discharging the duties imposed by this title; provided, that the county trustee shall pay no voucher issued to members unless the voucher has been approved by the county mayor; and provided, further, that no member of any board shall receive less than four dollars ($4.00) per day for the member's services.
(e) (1) When a vacancy occurs, the unexpired term shall be filled at the next regular meeting of the county legislative body or at a special meeting of the county legislative body.
(2) Vacancies shall be declared to exist, on account of death, resignation or removal from the county.
(3) A temporary absence of a county board member to serve in the military shall not constitute a vacancy in office and such absence shall not be subject to the requirements of § 8-48-205(5).
(f) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, the board of education for each LEA that operates one (1) or more high schools may annually select, prior to commencement of the new school year, no less than four (4) high school students to serve as advisory, nonvoting members of the board. One half (1/2) of the students so selected shall be enrolled in the college preparatory track and one half (1/2) of the students so selected shall be enrolled in the technology track. The students shall serve without compensation but may, at the discretion of the board, be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses incurred while engaged in board business.
(g) A majority of all of the members constituting the board, and not merely a majority of the quorum, shall be required to transact all business coming before the board in regular or special meetings.
49-2-203. Duties and powers.
(a) It is the duty of the local board of education to:
(1) Elect, upon the recommendation of the director of schools, teachers who have attained or are eligible for tenure and fix the salaries of and make written contracts with the teachers;
(A) No individual shall be elected to an interim contract unless the individual so elected is to fill a vacancy created by a leave of absence as set forth in § 49-5-702;
(B) All contracts with educational assistants will be for nonteaching positions;
(C) Educational assistants shall be subject to direct supervision of certificated teachers when directly involved in the instructional program;
(D) No member of any local board of education shall be eligible for election as a teacher or any other position under the board carrying with it any salary or compensation;
(2) Manage and control all public schools established or that may be established under its jurisdiction;
(3) Purchase all supplies, furniture, fixtures and material of every kind through the executive committee;
(A) All expenditures for such purposes may follow the prescribed procedures of the LEA's respective local governing body, so long as that body, through its charter, private act or ordinance has established a procurement procedure that provides for advertisement and competitive bidding, except that, if a newspaper advertisement is required, it may be waived in case of emergency. If the LEA chooses not to follow the local governing body's purchasing procedures, all expenditures for such purposes estimated to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more shall be made on competitive bids, which shall be solicited by advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, except that the newspaper advertisement may be waived in the event of emergency. School districts that have a purchasing division may use a comprehensive vendor list for the purpose of soliciting competitive bids; provided, that the vendors on the list are given notice to bid; and provided, further, that the purchasing division shall periodically advertise in a newspaper of general circulation in the county for vendors and shall update the list of vendors following the advertisement;
(B) If the LEA chooses not to follow the local governing body's purchasing procedures, all purchases of less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) may be made in the open market without newspaper notice, but shall, whenever possible, be based upon at least three (3) competitive bids;
(C) (i) For construction of school buildings or additions to existing buildings, the LEA may follow prescribed procedures of its respective local governing body, so long as that body, through its charter, private act or ordinance has established a procurement procedure that provides for advertisement and competitive bidding. If the LEA chooses not to follow the local governing body's procedure, the board shall contract, following open bids, for the construction of school buildings or additions to existing buildings, the expenditure for which is in excess of ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Public notice shall be given at least ten (10) days in advance of accepting bids for the construction, and the board shall award the contract to the lowest and best bidder. Whether following local governing body procedures or those set forth in this subdivision (a)(3)(C)(i), in the event no bid is within the budgetary limits set by the board for the construction, the board may negotiate with the lowest and best bidder to bring the cost of the construction within the funds available, with the approval of the commissioner of education;
(ii) Construction management services that are provided for a fee and that involve preconstruction and construction administration and management services are deemed to be professional services and may be performed by a qualified person licensed under title 62, chapter 6. Construction management services are to be procured for each project through a written request for proposals process through advertisement made pursuant to subdivision (a)(3)(A). A board may include, in a single written request for proposal process, new school construction or renovation projects at up to three (3) sites, if construction at all sites will occur at substantially the same time. The written request for proposals process will invite prospective proposers to participate and will indicate the service requirements and the factors used for evaluating the proposals. The factors shall include the construction manager's qualifications and experience on similar projects, qualifications of personnel to be assigned to the project, fees and costs or any additional factors deemed relevant by the procuring entity for procurement of the service. Cost is not to be the sole criterion for evaluation. The contract for such services shall be awarded to the best qualified and responsive proposer. A construction manager is prohibited from undertaking actual construction work on a project over which the construction manager coordinates or oversees the planning, bid or construction phases of the project, except in instances where bids have been solicited twice and no bids have been submitted. If the construction manager can document that a good faith effort was made in each bid solicitation to obtain bids and no bids were received, then the construction manager may perform the construction work at a price agreed upon by the construction manager, the architect and the owner of the project. A school system, at its own discretion, may perform work on the project with its own employees, and may include the coordination and oversight of this work as part of the services of the construction manager. Sealed bids for actual construction work shall be opened at the bid opening and the names of the contractors and their bid amounts shall be announced;
(iii) Construction management agent or advisor services for the construction of school buildings or additions to existing buildings in accordance with subdivision (a)(3)(C)(ii) may be performed by:
(a) A general contractor licensed in Tennessee pursuant to title 62, chapter 6; provided, that none of such services performed by a general contractor involve any of the services exempt from the requirements of title 62, chapter 6 as "normal architectural and engineering services" under § 62-6-102(4)(B) or (C), unless, with regard to the performance of any services defined as normal architectural and engineering services, the general contractor is also licensed as an architect or engineer under title 62, chapter 2; or
(b) An architect or an engineer licensed pursuant to title 62, chapter 2; provided, that none of such services performed by an architect or engineer involve any of the services required to be performed by a contractor within the definition of "contractor" under § 62-6-102, unless with regard to the performance of any services included within the definition of contractor, the architect or engineer is also licensed as a contractor under title 62, chapter 6.
(iv) Construction work that is under the coordination and oversight of a construction manager shall be procured through competitive bids as provided in this subsection (a);
(D) No board of education shall be precluded from purchasing materials and employing labor for the construction of school buildings or additions to school buildings;
(E) Subdivisions (a)(3)(A), (B) and (D) apply to local boards of education of all counties, municipalities and special school districts; provided, however, that subdivisions (a)(3)(A) and (B) shall not apply to purchases by or for a county's or metropolitan government's board of education in counties with a population of not less than two hundred thousand (200,000), according to any federal census, so long as the county, through county or metropolitan government charter, private act, or ordinance, establishes a procedure regarding purchasing that provides for advertisement and competitive bidding and sets a dollar amount for each purchase requiring advertisement and competitive bidding; and provided, further, that purchases of less than the dollar amount requiring advertisement and competitive bidding shall, wherever possible, be based upon at least three (3) competitive bids. Subdivision (a)(3)(C) applies to county and municipal boards of education;
(4) Order warrants drawn on the county trustee on account of the elementary and the high school funds, respectively;
(5) Visit the schools whenever, in the judgment of the board, such visits are necessary;
(6) Except as otherwise provided in this title, dismiss teachers, principals, supervisors and other employees upon sufficient proof of improper conduct, inefficient service or neglect of duty; provided, that no one shall be dismissed without first having been given in writing due notice of the charge or charges and an opportunity for defense;
(7) Suspend, dismiss or alternatively place pupils, when the progress, safety or efficiency of the school makes it necessary or when disruptive, threatening or violent students endanger the safety of other students or school system employees;
(8) Have enumerated the scholastic population of the local school district in May of every odd-numbered year;
(9) Provide proper record books for the director of schools, and should the appropriate local legislative body fail or refuse to provide a suitable office and sufficient equipment for the director of schools, the local board of education may provide the office and equipment out of the elementary and the high school funds in proportion to their gross annual amounts;
(10) (A) (i) Require the director of schools and chair of the local board to prepare a budget on forms furnished by the commissioner, and when the budget has been approved by the local board, to submit it to the appropriate local legislative body;
(ii) No LEA shall submit a budget to the local legislative body that directly or indirectly supplants or proposes to use state funds to supplant any local current operation funds, excluding capital outlay and debt service;
(B) (i) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, for any fiscal year, if state funding to the county for education is less than state funding to the county for education during the fiscal year 1990-1991 or less than the previous fiscal year's state funding to the county for education, except that a reduction in funding based on fewer students in the county rather than actual funding cuts shall not be considered a reduction in funding for purposes of this provision, local funds that were appropriated and allocated to offset state funding reductions during any previous fiscal year are excluded from this maintenance of local funding effort requirement;
(ii) It is the intent of subdivision (a)(10)(B)(i) to allow local governments the option to appropriate and allocate funds to make up for state cuts without being subject to a continuation of funding effort requirement as to those funds for any year during which the state reinstates the funding or restores the previous cuts, and during any subsequent year should the state fail to restore the funding cuts;
(C) Subdivision (a)(10)(A)(ii) shall not apply to a newly created LEA in any county where the county and city schools are being combined for a period of three (3) years after the creation of the LEA. The county board of education shall submit its budget to the county legislative body no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the July term or forty-five (45) days prior to the actual date the budget is to be adopted by the county legislative body if the adoption is scheduled prior to July 1;
(11) Prepare, or have prepared, a copy of the minutes of each meeting of the board of education, and mail a copy of the minutes no more than thirty (30) days after the board meeting or at the time they are mailed to or otherwise provided to members of the board, if such is earlier, to the president of each local education association. Any subsequent corrections, modifications or changes shall be distributed in the same manner;
(12) Adopt and enforce, in accordance with guidelines prescribed by the state board of education pursuant to § 49-6-3002, minimum standards and policies governing student attendance, subject to availability of funds;
(13) Develop and implement an evaluation plan for all certificated employees in accordance with the guidelines and criteria of the state board of education, and submit the plan to the commissioner for approval;
(14) (A) Notwithstanding any other public or private act to the contrary, employ a director of schools under a written contract of up to four (4) years' duration, which may be renewed. No school board, however, may either terminate, without cause, or enter into a contract with any director of schools during a period extending from forty-five (45) days prior to the general school board election until thirty (30) days following the election. Any vacancy in the office of the director that occurs within this period shall be filled on a temporary basis, not extending beyond sixty (60) days following the general school board election. An option to renew a contract that exists on May 22, 2001, may be exercised within the time period set out in this subdivision (a)(14)(A). Any such person transferred during the term of the person's contract shall not have the person's salary diminished for the remainder of the contract period. The board may dismiss the director for cause as specified in this section or in chapter 5, part 5 of this title, as appropriate. The director of schools may be referred to as the superintendent and references to or duties of the former county superintendents shall be deemed references to or duties of the director of schools employed under this section. The school board is the sole authority in appointing a director of schools;
(B) Each school board shall adopt a written policy regarding the method of accepting and reviewing applications and interviewing candidates for the position of director of schools;
(C) No school board shall extend the contract of a director of schools without giving notice of the intent to do so at least fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting at which action shall be taken. Further, except in cases concerning allegations of criminal or professional misconduct, no school board shall terminate the contract or remove a director of schools from office without giving notice at least fifteen (15) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting at which action shall be taken. Notice of extension or termination of a contract of a director of schools shall include the date, time and place of the meeting, and shall comport with all other requirements of §§ 8-44-103 and 49-2-202(c)(1). The proposed action shall be published as a specific, clearly stated item on the agenda for the meeting. Such item, for the convenience of the public attending the meeting, shall be the first item on the agenda; and
(15) Adopt policies on the employment of substitute teachers. The policies shall, at a minimum, address qualifications and training and shall ensure substitute teachers are subject to investigation pursuant to § 49-5-413. The policies shall also prohibit hiring any substitute teacher whose records with the state department of education indicate a license or certificate currently in revoked status.
(b) The local board of education has the power to:
(1) Consolidate two (2) or more schools whenever in its judgment the efficiency of the schools would be improved by the consolidation;
(2) Require school children and any employees of the board to submit to a physical examination by a competent physician whenever there is reason to believe that the children or employees have tuberculosis or any other communicable disease, and upon certification from the examining physician that the children or employees have any communicable disease, to exclude them from school or service until the child or children, employer or employers, employee or employees furnish proper certificate or certificates from the examining physician or physicians showing the communicable disease to have been cured;
(3) Establish night schools and part-time schools whenever in the judgment of the board they may be necessary;
(4) Permit school buildings and school property to be used for public, community or recreational purposes under rules, regulations and conditions as prescribed from time to time by the board of education;
(A) No member of the board or other school official shall be held liable in damages for any injury to person or property resulting from the use of school buildings or property;
(B) The local board of education may lease buildings and property or the portions of buildings and property it determines are not being used or are not needed at present by the public school system to the owners or operators of private child care centers and kindergartens for the purpose of providing educational and child care services to the community. The leases may not be entered for a term exceeding five (5) years and must be on reasonable terms that are worked out between the school board and the owner or operator. The leasing arrangement entered into in accordance with this subdivision (b)(4)(B) shall not be intended or used to avoid any school integration requirement pursuant to the U.S. Const. amend. 14. The local board of education shall not execute any lease pursuant to this subdivision (b)(4) that would replace or supplant existing kindergarten programs or kindergarten programs maintained pursuant to the Minimum Kindergarten Program Law, codified in § 49-6-201. This subdivision (b)(4) shall also apply to municipal boards of education;
(5) Employ legal counsel to advise or represent the board;
(6) Make rules providing for the organization of school safety patrols in the public schools under its jurisdiction and for the appointment, with the permission of the parents, of pupils as members of the safety patrols;
(7) Establish minimum attendance requirements or standards as a condition for passing a course or grade; provided, that the requirements or standards are established prior to any school year in which they are to be applicable, are recorded in board minutes and publicized through a newspaper of general circulation prior to implementation and are printed and distributed to students prior to implementation; and provided, further, that the requirements or standards shall not violate § 49-6-3002(b);
(8) Provide written notice to probationary teachers of specific reasons for failure of reelection pursuant to this title; provided, that any teacher so notified shall be given, upon request, a hearing to determine the validity of the reasons given for failure of reelection; provided, that:
(A) The hearings shall occur no later than thirty (30) days after the teacher's request;
(B) The teacher shall be allowed to appear, call witnesses and plead the teacher's cause in person or by counsel;
(C) The board of education shall issue a written decision regarding continued employment of the teacher; and
(D) Nothing contained in this subdivision (b)(8) shall be construed to grant tenure or the expectation of continued employment to any person;
(9) Offer and pay a bonus or other monetary incentive to encourage the retirement of any teacher or other employee who is eligible to retire. For purposes of this subdivision (b)(9), "local board of education" means the board of education of any county, municipal or special school system;
(10) Lease or sell buildings and property or the portions of buildings or property it determines are not being used or are not needed at present by the public school system in the manner deemed by the board to be in the best interest of the school system and the community that the system serves. In determining the best interest of the community, the board may seek and consider recommendations from the planning commission serving the community. No member of the local or county board or other school official shall be held liable in damages for any injury to person or property resulting from the use of the school buildings or property. No lease or sale shall be used to avoid any school integration requirement. A local board of education may also dispose of surplus property as provided in §§ 49-6-2006 and 49-6-2007, it being the legislative intent that a local board at its discretion may dispose of surplus property to private owners as well as civic or community groups as provided by this subdivision (b)(10);
(11) Establish and operate before and after school care programs in connection with any schools, before and after the regular school day and while school is not in session. No Tennessee foundation program school funds or any required local matching funds shall be used in connection with the operation of these programs, but the board may charge a fee of any child attending a before and after school care program. In these programs, the board may use teachers on such extended program assignments as may be authorized by § 49-5-5209 and policies established pursuant to § 49-5-5209;
(12) Contract for the management and operation of the alternative schools provided for in § 49-6-3402 with any other agency of local government;
(13) Include in student handbooks, or other information disseminated to parents and guardians, information on contacting child advocacy groups and information on how to contact the state department of education for information on student rights and services; and
(14) Cooperate with community organizations in offering extended learning opportunities.