Governing Board Election Services

The Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina believes high functioning public charter school governing boards are one of the most critical contributing factors to the long term sustainability of a school and the academic success of the students.

We are honored many of the public charter schools have partnered with the Alliance to manage their election process. This process ensures:

  • Integrity and confidentiality in the voting process
  • School staff and leadership can focus on the school and not on the election
  • Compliance with state laws and the school's charter
  • Voter engagement with access to e-ballots on their smart phones, computer, tablet, or a computer at the school

The told of the board is to advance the mission of the school by governing with policies which ensure the school complies with state regulations regarding charter schools in South Carolina and the school is fiscally sound. Charter schools need board members who are eager to commit their time and energy to stay abreast of the latest legislative issues that impact the school and who have previous experience serving on non-profit boards.

Per SC Charter Law, boards are elected by the families of charter school students and employees of the school. Each school has various language in their charters and bylaws that dictates the process. The Alliance can make suggestions to amend those documents as requested.

Scope of Work: The Alliance helps create a smooth process from accepting prospective board applications on a secure web-based form to hosting the election process online. Basic steps include:

  • Online board applications submitted
  • Candidate bio sheets created
  • E-ballots distributed via merged email with individual voter passcodes
  • Election certification

If the bylaws of the school require modifications to the typical board election, the Alliance can work with the school to adjust the pricing and timeline to meet the unique needs stated in the bylaws and charter. The Alliance can also train school staff for onsite voting at the school.

Costs: For an online election, the Alliance will invoice the school a fee of $1 per ballot, with a minimum charge of $750. The agreement will estimate the cost based on the number of students and number of employees. If the school’s data is not provided in the excel format requested or there are data errors an additional charge of $45 per hour will be invoiced in addition to the per vote fee. Payment is to be made within 10 business days of the end of the board election being certified. Failure to pay these fees will be cause for the Alliance to recover unpaid fees by whatever legal means are available in the State of South CarolinaIf the bylaws of the school require modifications to the typical board election, the Alliance can work with the school to adjust the pricing and timeline to meet the unique needs stated in the bylaws and charter. PCSASC can also train school staff for onsite voting at the school.

BOARD ELECTION AGREEMENT

ELECTION TIMELINE

Contact: Please contact Joe Bowers, Director of Programs, if you have any questions about the process.