2020 School Board Election Information

  • Are you interested in becoming a school board member? The decision to run for your local school board is one to which much thought and consideration should be given. Serving as a school board member is one of the most important responsibilities that a citizen can undertake. If elected, the educational standards which you, together with your fellow board members, establish will affect the future of students, the community, and society. Being a board member is a complex and varied position, and often is frustrating as you struggle long hours with difficult choices. However, it is also rewarding, as you watch students succeed and go on to lead productive lives as a result of educational opportunities you helped create. 

    The general election will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020. At that election, three (3) members will be elected to the school board for terms of four (4) years each. The Affidavit of Candidacy will be available beginning July 28, 2020, through 5:00 PM on August 11, 2020, in the Annandale Schools District Office, 125 Cherry Ave. N., Annandale, MN 55302. The filing fee for this office is $2. We can only accept cash or check payable to ISD 876.

    Due to the current pandemic we are asking that candidates arrange a time to come into the district office by calling 320-274-5602 or by emailing Donna Koecher, dkoecher@isd876.org. There will be a $2 filing fee. We accept cash or check payable to ISD 876. Candidates will need to provide a picture ID for notarization if filing in person. Candidates may also mail their Affidavit of Candidacy to the district office at PO Box 190, Annandale, MN 55302 or electronically by scanning and emailing it to dkoecher@isd876.org. If returning the Affidavit of Candidacy by mail or electronically please note that it must be notarized, include the filing fee, and must be received prior to 5 PM on August 11, 2020. 

    A candidate for school board must meet the following qualifications: 

    We recommend that all candidates view this recorded webinar, Running for School Board, from Minnesota School Board Association, MSBA.  This webinar covers the basics such as, how to file for school board, reasons to run for school board and reasons not to run for school board, job duties of the school board and how boards function as a team. 

    If you have any questions please contact Donna Koecher by emailing dkoecher@isd876.org or by calling 320-274-5602 ext 2901. 

    Other resources: 

    Running for School Board Brochure 

    MSBA Becoming a School Board Member site

    Secretary of State's becoming a candidate site

    Campaign filing packet

    2020 Campaign Manual