School Boards: What they are and how to run for office
School boards are made up of elected officials from the community who are responsible for implementing policy for public education. This may include making decisions about financing, staffing, attendance policy, and curriculum. The role of a School Board is to advocate for students and parents to ensure that they are getting the best education possible.
The Eau Claire School Board is composed of 7 members who are elected for a 3-year term. Of those members they select a President, Vice President, Clerk of Governance Officer, and a Treasurer. The Altoona School Board is composed of 5 members who are elected for a 3-year term and of those members they select a President, Vice President, Clerk, and Treasurer (similar to the Eau Claire School Board). For both of these, the terms are staggered so some members are up for elections each year. Click here to view the members for the Eau Claire School Board and here to view the members of the Altoona School Board
One way to get involved in your local School Board is to run for office yourself. In 2022 there will be 3 seats up for election for the Eau Claire School Board and 2 seats up for election for the Altoona School Board. In order to run for any of these offices you must submit the following forms by January 4th, 2022:
As for circulating your nomination papers, you cannot begin collecting signatures prior to December 1st, 2021. Signers must be eligible voters (they don’t need to be registered voters) who live within city limits. Furthermore, they are only allowed to sign one candidate's nomination papers per office. Forms must be submitted at the Eau Claire Area School District Administrative building for Eau Claire candidates and the Altoona School District School District Clerk's office for Altoona candidates.
The amount of signatures needed varies depending on the size of the city. Those running for Eau Claire School Board need 100-200 signatures while those running for Altoona School Board are required to get 20-100 signatures.
Even if you are not planning to run for office, it is important to make your voice heard in government by voting in local elections. Visit myvote.wi for more information on upcoming elections, how to vote, and where to vote. You can also visit the Eau Claire Area School District website or the School District of Altoona website for more information about elections, participating in board meetings, and more information about Board Members. If you live outside of Eau Claire or Altoona but are interested in running for your local school board, reach out to your local school district for more information.
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce’s ongoing series “Making a Difference: Your Voice in Government” highlights different areas of federal, state, and local government and how to get involved and make your voice heard.
Eau Claire Area School District
School District of Altoona
My Vote Wisconsin
Wisconsin Elections Commission
Making a Difference: Local Government (YouTube - 60 mins)
Posted by Danya Morman, Governmental Affairs Intern
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