STMA not doing a primary this year … might in future

The St. Michael-Albertville School Board is not having a primary election this year but agreed to talk about having one in the future.

The board was also updated about a strategic plan community survey.


Supt. Jim Behle updated the board about the primary election process.

He said the board made a decision prior to the last election to have primaries.

"But through a misunderstanding on the timeline, we didn’t have a primary," Behle later said.

He said although there won’t be a primary this year, the board would revisit the subject in January after the new board is seated.

"It was mainly an item just to clarify there is not a primary for the election this year, but to revisit it in January," he said.

There are three seats up for election this year – belonging to Jeanne Holland, Carol Steffens and Drew Scherber. Filing for the seats is from July 31 through Aug. 14. Had there been a primary election, filing would be underway now, with voting taking place Aug. 14.

If the board approved having a primary, it would make a resolution stating such. Then if more than twice as many candidates file as there are seats available, the primary would whittle down the candidates to two per seat.

For example, two years from now there will be three seats up for election. If the board did a primary and only six candidates filed, a primary would not be necessary. But if more than six candidates filed, the primary would whittle the number down to six.

All STMA seats are currently at-large.


In other news, the board was updated regarding the community and staff survey regarding the district’s vision and strategic direction

The five strategic directions are: