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Brainerd School Board: All systems go for election

Brainerd Public Schools is officially ready for the 2016 elections. The Brainerd School Board met briefly Wednesday in a special meeting to adopt all the required resolutions needed for having a general election. The school board first passed a r...

Brainerd Public Schools is officially ready for the 2016 elections.

The Brainerd School Board met briefly Wednesday in a special meeting to adopt all the required resolutions needed for having a general election.

The school board first passed a resolution for the school district to hold the Nov. 8 general election for the purpose of filling three four-year term school board seats that expire at the end of this year. School board members whose seats expire are Reed Campbell, Bob Nystrom and Sue Kern. All three incumbents have filed for re-election. Jeff Czeczok and Charles Black Lance also have filed for a seat on the school board.

The school board also passed an elections emergency plan, which is a requirement after new Legislation passed this year. Counties must adopt an elections emergency plan to outline how it will handle emergencies on Election Day or during the absentee voting period. The Crow Wing County Board Tuesday approved its elections emergency plan.

Steve Lund, the district's business services director, told board members they had to either approve the county's plan or adopt their own plan. The goal of the plan is to ensure citizens can vote and access an alternate polling place if an emergency makes the original polling place unavailable.

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Lund said Crow Wing County has handled the school district's election reporting professionally for many years.

"I can't imagine why we would want an elections emergency plan other than the county's," he said, but added if the school board wanted to they could adopt their own plan. The school board voted unanimously to go with the county's plan. School board members Bob Nystrom and Chris Robinson were absent from the meeting.

School board member Ruth Nelson asked Lund if the board also had to adopt a plan in Cass County, as the school has polling sites in Cass. Lund said the board did not as Crow Wing County handles all the data reporting for the school district.

Related Topics: CROW WING COUNTY
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