Wednesday, March 6, 2013

UPDATE: D-11 recall back on

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

As expected, concerned parents have made needed changes to their D-11 recall petitions and resubmitted them.

EL PASO COUNTY CLERK AND RECORDER RECEIVES REVISED SUBMISSION OF D11 RECALL PETITIONS

[March 5, 2013 — Colorado Springs, CO] — The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s office today received a revised submission of petitions to recall six of seven Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education Directors (Nora Brown, Al Loma, LuAnn Long, Sandra Mann, Elaine Naleski, and Jan Tanner). The initial petitions were submitted on Feb. 28 and, after review, were disapproved as to form on March 4. The Recall Committee Members include: Mariam Kurvink, Elaine Shoemaker and Dorothy Dykes.

The Clerk & Recorder is the Designated Election Official (DEO) in school board recalls. Recall petitions are submitted to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office for approval as to form. The Clerk’s Office has until the close of the seventh business day following submission to approve or disapprove a petition for circulation. Once approved, the petition may be circulated for no more than sixty days. A minimum of 15,000 petition signatures are required for each of the School District 11 Board Directors.

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El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams has refused all six recall petitions, though will slight changes they can be resubmitted for approval.

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Disapproves D-11 Recall Petitions Committee members may revise and resubmit petitions

[March 4, 2013 — Colorado Springs, CO] — El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams has disapproved as to form all six recall petitions filed Feb. 28, 2013 against directors of the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education, including Nora Brown, Al Loma, LuAnn Long, Sandra Mann, Elaine Naleski, and Jan Tanner. Williams today notified recall committee members and the subjects of the recall efforts of the findings after two working days of review. Committee members (Mariam Kurvink, Elaine Shoemaker, and Dorothy Dykes)may revise and resubmit the petitions for approval.

Williams explained, “The findings, while important, were relatively small issues we believe the committee can correct rather quickly. We anticipate the committee will return the petitions for ultimate approval to begin circulation for signatures. Our office works diligently to facilitate citizens’ rights as outlined by the State Constitution.”

The Clerk & Recorder is the Designated Election Official (DEO) in school board recalls. A recall petition is submitted to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office for approval as to form. The clerk’s office has until the close of the seventh business day following submission to approve or disapprove a petition for circulation. Once approved, the petition may be circulated for no more than sixty days. A minimum of 15,000 petition signatures are required for each of the Colorado Springs School District 11 Board of Education directors.

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Parents upset that the Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education has voted to close two elementary schools and Wasson High School are fighting back.

Parents will petition for a recall election challenging the seats of all board members, except Bob Null. Null fought to keep Wasson open.

In addition to closures, parents are upset that the board decided Wednesday to sell two closed schools. Irving Education Center, which was just slated for closure, and Jefferson Elementary, which was closed in 2009, will bring in more than $7 million. That's led some to question whether the true motivation for recent closures was a big pay-off.

The district denies the accusation and has given other reasons for the closures.

El Paso County Clerk & Recorder Receives 6 Recall Petitions for D11 Board of Education Directors
February 28, 2013 - This afternoon, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams received six recall petitions for Directors of the District 11 Board of Education. The recall petitions were filed against the following Board Directors: Elaine Naleski, Nora Brown, Al Loma, Sandra Mann, Luann Long and Jan Tanner. The Recall Committee Members include: Mariam Kurvink, Elaine Shoemaker and Dorothy Dykes.

The Clerk & Recorder is the Designated Election Official (DEO) in school board recalls. A recall petition is submitted to the Clerk and Recorder’s Office for approval as to form. The Clerk’s Office has until the close of the seventh business day following submission to approve or disapprove a petition for circulation. Once approved, the petition may be circulated for no more than sixty days. A minimum of 15,000 petition signatures are required for each of the School District 11 Board Directors.

Once the DEO receives the signed petition, it is reviewed and verified against the registration records. The petition review must be completed no later than fifteen business days after the initial filing of the petition. If the petition is deemed sufficient, the 15 day protest period begins. If a protest is filed, a hearing is set and is heard by the DEO. The hearing shall be concluded within thirty days after the protest is filed.

If the recall petition’s sufficiency is sustained, a date for the election is set. The recall election date shall be from forty-five days to seventy-five days after the recall petition has been deemed sufficient and the time for protest has passed. Nomination petitions for successor candidates may be circulated beginning the first date on which a protest may be filed and must be filed no later than ten calendar days after the DEO sets the election date. Nomination petitions are taken out at the office of the DEO.

If the recall petitions received by the Clerk and Recorder were to be approved on March 1, 2013, and the maximum time was taken for each portion of the recall process, this is a tentative schedule for the process:

3/01/13 — Petition approved for circulation

4/30/13 — Last day to file petition with Clerk & Recorder

5/21/13 — Petition review complete and notice of appearance of sufficiency or insufficiency issued

6/05/13 — If petition is sufficient 15 day protest period ends on this day

6/14/13 — Last day to hold a hearing if protest filed on last day

7/12/13 — Final day for hearing decision

8/26/13 to 9/25/13 — If sufficiency sustained on last day, election date set between 45 and 75 days from 7/12/13

The School District is responsible for reimbursement to the Office of the Clerk & Recorder for reasonable expenses incurred by the County Clerk and Recorder in performing duties relating to the recall of an incumbent of the political subdivision. The 2006 recall election involving District 11 cost $256,729.22.

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