Board Member Qualifications

The individual must have been a registered voter registered with the county election board at an address located within the geographical boundaries of the district for six months preceding the first day of the filing period. (260.S., 13A-106)

The individual must have resided within the school district for at least six months preceding the first day of the filing period. (260.S., 13-A-106)

The school district is divided into election districts. A candidate must have resided in the election district for at least six months preceding the first day of the filing period and have been a registered voter registered with the county election board at an address located within the geographical boundaries of the election district for six months preceding the first day of the filing period. (26 O.S., 13A-106)

The individual cannot have been convicted of, or have pled guilty or no contest to, a felony under state or federal law or a misdemeanor involving embezzlement. Any person having a record of any of these crimes is ineligible to file for the school board position during the pending of any appeal or for a period of 15 years following completion of sentence. (26 O.S., 5-105a)

The individual must have been awarded a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency in order to be a candidate for or elected to serve on the board of education.

An incumbent school board member running for re-election must have had a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education during the previous full term of office. Failure by the board member to have satisfied the continuing education requirements shall result in the ineligibility of the member to run for re-election. (26 O.S., 13A-106)

The individual must not be related within the second degree by blood or marriage to a current school district employee or current member of the board of education of the district for which the candidate is seeking office. (It is also illegal to hire a relative within the second degree.) (70 O.S., 5-113) Click here for chart of State of OK nepotism law. (Link to chart for the nepotism law)

Dual office holding prohibition does not prevent a board member from serving as a member of a municipal planning commission or as an officer of a volunteer fire department. Revised: July 13, 1999

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