The Voting Process

  • Parents & Teachers at each school. 

Specifically, Each household will receive one ballot regardless of the number of students residing in the household, and if a student has two households, only the enrolling or primary parent receives a ballot. If you have students at more than one school, the primary household will receive one ballot for each school.  All teachers who are “staff members assigned the professional activity of instructing students in courses in classroom situations” and are employed for more than half of each school day will be eligible to vote. Administrators and support staff are not eligible to vote. A teacher who is also the parent of a student enrolled in the school shall be allowed to submit both a teacher ballot and the parent ballot submitted for the household.

 Yes. A teacher who is also the parent of a student enrolled in the school shall be allowed to submit both a teacher ballot and the parent ballot submitted for the household.

Ballots can be returned to the school in person, where you’ll provide proof of identity and place your secret ballot in a secure box. Ballots can also be mailed in, by putting the sealed ballot in another envelope, signing the seal of the outside envelope, and mailing the ballot to the school. The parent must include identification on the outer envelope such as a return address to ensure only one ballot is submitted per household. If the ballot is submitted improperly, it shall not be counted. As soon as possible, but not more than three school days after closing the ballot, a public meeting shall be held in which an independent arbitrator, selected by the agreement between the school administrator and the applicant, will unseal the teacher and parent ballot boxes and count the ballots aloud in the presence of meeting attendees. Each vote shall be tallied by the independent arbitrator.

Administrators, staff or community members who do not have children enrolled in at least one of the three Newberry schools or are not teachers may not vote for the charter conversion.

Step 1:  Distribution of the Ballots 

Each school principal is in charge of printing and distributing ballots to each family and teacher. 

Each household will receive one ballot regardless of the number of students residing in the household, and if a student has two households, only the enrolling or primary parent receives a ballot.  All teachers who are “staff members assigned the professional activity of instructing students in courses in classroom situations” and are employed for more than half of each school day will be eligible to vote. 

Step 2: Returning Your Ballots 

Ballots can be returned to the school in person, where you’ll provide proof of identity and place your secret ballot in a secure box. 

Ballots can also be mailed in, by putting the sealed ballot in another envelope, signing the seal of the outside envelope, and mailing the ballot to the school. The parent must include identification on the outer envelope such as a return address to ensure only one ballot is submitted per household. If the ballot is submitted improperly, it will not be counted. 

Step 3: Counting the Ballots

As soon as possible, but not more than three school days after closing the ballot, a public meeting shall be held in which an independent arbitrator, selected by the agreement between the school administrator and the applicant, will unseal the teacher and parent ballot boxes and count the ballots aloud in the presence of meeting attendees. Each vote shall be tallied by the independent arbitrator.

  • State statutes determine who can vote for this initiative. Newberry Education First loves and values our non-instructional staff and does not have control over who can vote on this question.

Yes Newberry