How many members are on the Leander ISD School Board and how long do they serve?
The Board consists of seven members serving terms of four years, with elections held on the November uniform election date in even numbered years. The terms of half of the Board members, or as near to half as possible, expire every even-numbered year.
Where can I find information about eligibility requirements to run and serve on the School Board?
Eligibility requirements are outlined in Board Policy BBA (Legal).
Where can I find information about when and where a candidate can file an application for a place on the school district ballot?
This information is available on our Elections page.
Are there any other forms that I am required to file at the time I file my Application for a Place on the ISD Ballot?
Unless you have already done so, you must file an Appointment of Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate (Form CTA) even if you do not intend to accept campaign contributions or make campaign expenditures. Although it is not required, many candidates also file a Code of Fair Campaign Practices (Form CFCP). Links to these forms are available on our Elections page.
Where do I file campaign finance reports, with the Texas Ethics Commission or with the school district?
School Board candidates file campaign finance reports with the school district. You may file your report by email ([email protected]), fax (512-570-0048) or at:
- Physical address for filing applications in person or by common carrier:
Attn: Michi Ishimura
204 W. South St.
Leander, TX 78641
- Address if filing applications by mail:
Attn: Michi Ishimura
PO Box 218
Leander, TX 78646
Who do I contact with questions or for help with campaign finance reporting issues?
The Texas Ethics Commissions publication, First Steps for Candidates Running for School Board Trustee, is a good place to start. The Texas Ethics Commission website includes links to many publications and guides to assist candidates, including a Campaign Finance Guide for Candidates and Officeholders Who File with Local Filing Authorities.
In addition, campaign finance forms all have associated guide to assist in completion of the forms. For questions not answered in these guides, filers should call the Texas Ethics Commission at 512-463-5800. Because campaign finance laws are very complex, the Texas Ethics Commission does not expect or require local filing authorities such as school districts to be Title 15 experts.
Where can I find information regarding Political Advertising?
The Texas Ethics Commission Political Advertising Resources webpage has links to a number of important publications on this topic.
May I visit campuses to discuss campaign issues?
Board Policy GKB (Local) prohibits candidates for public office and other citizens engaging in political activities from visiting campuses during school hours for the purposes of soliciting votes or discussing campaign issues.
May I distribute campaign information or post campaign signs on district property?
Per Board Policy GKB (Local), political advertising signs and campaign literature are not permitted on District property during working hours prior to the day of the election. Candidates and their campaign organizations shall not use the District’s electronic mail system to send campaign literature to employees. After business hours (4:30 p.m.) on the day preceding an election, signs and campaign literature may be placed on District property, in accordance with state law. Such signs and campaign literature shall not be attached to structures, fences, or trees, however, and shall be in accordance with provisions of the Texas Election Code. [See BE and GKDA] All signs should be limited to small yard signs and must be removed from District property the day following the election.
May I use the Leander ISD logo or mark for my campaign?
No. The district does not allow the use of the logo to be used without written permission and this is only granted for approved partnerships/program/initiatives. The logo is not to be used for campaign materials so as to not give the impression that the district endorses any political candidate, issue or party.
Where can I find additional information?
In addition to the district’s Elections page, which contains links to many forms and guides, additional resources for Candidates are available at the following links:
- The Texas Secretary of State Candidate Information website
- Texas Ethics Commission: Frequently Asked Questions
- The Texas Ethics Commission Local Non-Judicial Candidate/Officeholder Forms and Instructions website
- Texas Ethics Commission: First Steps for Candidates Running for School Board Trustee
- The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) offers a free online training course, Serving on a Board: An Insider’s Guide to Board Service for School Board Candidates, designed by experienced school board members especially for people considering running for the school board. This course explains what to expect when serving as a school board member.
For additional election information, please contact Michi Ishimura by phone at 512-570-0005, by fax at 512-570-0048 or by email at [email protected].