Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2023 Annual School Election Timeline

Memo Information

Memo Number
FIN-23-017
Memo Date
11/17/2022
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Fiscal & Administrative Services
Regulatory Authority
A.C.A. ยงยง 6-13-616, 6-13-622, 6-13-630, 6-14-102, 6-14-106, 6-14-109, 6-14-111, 6-14-118, 6-14-121, 7-5-202, 7-5-206, 7-5-304, 7-5-407, 7-5-418, 7-7-203, 26-80-102, 26-80-110
Response Required
NO
Attention
Superintendents; General Business Managers

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School districts are required to hold an annual school election and must comply with various legal requirements concerning budget publication, school tax rates, and school elections. The Division of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) provides suggestions to assist school districts in meeting the requirements and has included sample budgets.

Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-14-102(a)(1)(A) reads as follows:

(a)(1)(A) The annual school election shall be held in each school district of the state:

(i) In even-numbered years, on the date of the:
(a) Preferential primary election; or
(b) General election; and

(ii) In odd numbered years, on the:
(a) First Tuesday following the first Monday in November; or
(b) Third Tuesday in May.

The attached guide includes dates for 2023 May and November School Elections.

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