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2024 election resources guide
Each election year the Kentucky School Boards Association assembles updated information regarding the election process and related issues for school leaders and board members. For more than a decade, KSBA has offered these materials as a benefit to members, school districts and the public. Our 2024 School Board Election Resources Guide, available for viewing/downloading below, conveniently summarizes key aspects of school board service, election filing, campaigning, documentation and more. The guide includes (but is not limited to): 
  • Election filing checklist
  • What candidates should know about board service
  • Major roles of school boards and school councils
  • Summary of board member qualifications and conflicts rules
  • Filing for candidacy for school board – Regular election on Nov. 5, 2024
  • Independent school district elections
  • Summary of election finance law requirements for school board candidates
  • Responsibilities of school board candidates to comply with campaign finance laws
  • Electronic submission of election finance reports
  • Guidance regarding confidentiality of transcripts/academic records
  • Frequently asked questions about transcript requirements
  • The dos and don’ts of school board campaigning
  • Office of the Secretary of State letter to potential candidates
  • Nonpartisan Board of Education (School Board Member) Candidates General Election
  • Nominating petition (sample)
  • Kentucky Registry of Election Finance – Notice and Instructions to All Candidates
  • Affidavit for School Board Candidacy and Membership (sample)
  • Kentucky election calendar
  • Information regarding the required oaths of office
  • Statutory Oath for Board of Education Member
  • Constitutional Oath for Board of Education Member
  • Certification of Administering of Official Oath

Note: The guide reflects information as of Dec. 2023. Any information, templates, links, etc. altered after this date may not be reflected in this edition. 

Those considering board service or those who wish to know more about the role of school boards are also encouraged to review/download the KSBA School Board Leadership Guide

If you have questions, please contact KSBA Staff Attorney John Powell via email or 1-800-372-2962 ext. 1112. The 2024 School Board Election Resources Guide provides general information. For legal advice, a county clerk or prospective school board candidate should contact his or her own legal counsel.
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