Cache School District postpones bond election until November

The Cache County School District has announced that it will postpone the previously-scheduled public bond election that was intended for a June 2013 special election. Cache County School District superintendent Steve Norton says the district regrets that this action must be taken but he says it is believed that postponing the election until November of 2013 will best serve all of the patrons.

Norton says the Cache County Attorney was told on Monday that the district had failed to fulfill one requirement of the election law and when district officials met Wednesday night to discuss the problem it was decided the election should be postponed so all of the laws will be met.

“The part of the law that we overlooked,” Norton says, “was the posting of the notice of the agenda needs to be posted in the District Office.

“Although we had notified the state website and had notified the press, the third part of that was to post list the agenda in the district office where the public could see it. We did not do that.”

Norton says the school district regrets that this action has to be taken. He hopes patrons will continue to look forward to the November general election which will meet the needs of the Cache County School District for years to come.

The district issued a press release on the matter. It’s full content follows:

<em>The Cache County School District determined to cancel the previously scheduled public bond election that was intended for the June 2013 special election. The school district regrets that this action must be taken but, after careful consideration, it believes that postponing this bond election until the general election in November 2013 will best serve all of its patrons.</em>

<em>Under the direction of the Cache County Board of Education, the Cache County School District began formally reviewing the necessity for a bond election in January 2012 with the formation of the Cache County School District Building Task Force Committee (Building Task Force). The Building Task Force is comprised of community members, school personnel, and other school district patrons. The Building Task Force was given the assignment to review the District’s buildings in relation to fitness, student grade level configurations, and growth. Ultimately, the Building Task Force concluded that the District required a bond election to best meet the educational needs of it students.</em>

<em>After months of community meetings, extensive surveys, and public feedback, the Cache County Board of Education resolved to place the issue of the bond election on the June 2013 special election ballot. Recently, the validity of the Board of Education’s action to place this issue on the June ballot has been questioned in relation to all applicable statutes which govern public meetings. After thoroughly examining the steps taken to place this bond election on the June ballot, the District has determined that not all statutory requirements were met. Specifically, the requirement to post a written notice in the main office as outlined in Utah Code Annotated 52-4-202 was not followed prior to the Board of Education meeting where the bond election was acted upon. Due to this legal technicality, the Board of Education has decided to forego the June special election and has recommended that the bond election be placed on the November 2013 general election ballot.</em>

<em>The Cache County School District Administration fully supports the Board of Education’s action to postpone the bond election. The District would like to recognize the efforts of the Building Task Force and thank all those who have contributed their time and energy to support this bond. It is our hope that the patrons of the District will continue to look forward to the November general election to pass the bond which will meet the needs of the Cache County School District for years to come.</em>

<em>Please continue to check the Cache County School District website at <a href=”http://www.ccsdut.org” target=”_blank”>www.ccsdut.org</a> for any updates regarding this matter.</em>

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