Bastrop Independent School District oversees elections concerning school board members, bonds, tax rates and other measures that fall under the District's jurisdiction, in cooperation and/or contract with the Bastrop County Elections Office.
Board of Trustee elections
There are seven members of the Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees, each elected at-large to serve staggered three-year terms. The terms of of one-third of the trustees, or as near to one-third as possible, expire each year. Education Code 11.051(b), 11.059. Board members shall be elected for three-year terms with elections held each year in May, as indicated below.
Places 1 and 2
The current term expires in 2018. Subsequent elections shall take place at three-year intervals thereafter.
Places 3 and 4
The current term expires in 2017. Subsequent elections shall take place at three-year intervals thereafter.
Places 5, 6, and 7
The current term expires in 2016. Subsequent elections shall take place at three-year intervals thereafter.
Important Election Dates for the May 2017 Bastrop ISD Trustee Election
Applications for a place on the Bastrop Independent School District Regular Election ballot may be filed from January 18, 2017 to February 17, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bastrop ISD Administration Building at 906 Farm Street in Bastrop, TX.
Places up for election in May 2017 Bastrop ISD Board of Trustee election:
Places 3 and 4
A person may not be elected trustee of an independent school district unless the person is a qualified voter. Education Code 11.061(b)
To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, the office of school Board Trustee, a person must:
- Be a United States citizen.
- Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable.
- Have not been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court.
- Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.
- Atty. Gen. Op. LO 96-114 (1996)
- Be a resident of Texas and the District for the period of time described at Candidate’s Residency Term, below. Tex. Const. Art. XVI, Sec. 14 Election Code 141.001(a); Brown v. Patterson, 609 S.W.2d 287 (Tex. Civ. App.-Dallas 1980, no writ)
- Be a registered voter.
- Education Code 11.061(b); Election Code 11.002
- Take the official oath of office.
- Education Code 11.061(a)
- Serve without compensation. Education Code 11.061(d)
Candidate’s Residency Term
Prefiled Candidacy: An individual seeking election to the office of Trustee by having his or her name placed on the ballot must have been a resident of the state for 12 months, and a resident of the District for six months, prior to the last date on which the candidate could file to be listed on the ballot.
Write-In Candidacy: An individual seeking election to the office of Trustee by write-in vote must have been a resident of the state for 12 months, and a resident of the District for six months, prior to the day of the election.
Appointment to Office
An individual appointed to the office of Trustee must have been a resident of the state for 12 months, and a resident of the District for six months, prior to the day on which the appointment is made. Election Code 141.001(a)(5)
“Residence” shall mean domicile, one’s home and fixed place of habitation to which one intends to return after any temporary absence; one does not lose one’s residence status by leaving to go to another place for temporary purposes only. A person does not acquire a residence in a place to which the person has come for temporary purposes only and without the intention of making that place the person’s home. Residence shall be determined in accordance with the common-law rules, as enunciated by the courts of this state, except as otherwise provided by the Election Code. Election Code 1.015
- Candidate Workshop – The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) sponsors Candidate Workshops to provide those interested in becoming a school board member with advice and information about the demands and rewards of service. For more information, visit TASB’s Candidate Workshop site.