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 Post subject: School Board wants polling places moved from schools
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:02 am 
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They've never had any violence or safety issues, but want to kick out the voting places. I don't see the Village Board allowing this to happen.

From JSOnline:

Because of concerns about building security, the Greendale School Board is requesting the Village of Greendale stop hosting election day polling places at three district elementary schools.

The school board outlined the reasons for its request to relocate the polling places in a recent letter to the Greendale Board of Trustees, asking that a decision be made before the August primaries.

There has not been any violence or safety issues reported at polling locations in Greendale, but the letter says that schools’ security measures are “largely ineffective” on election days.

But relocating polling places might not be that easy, as Greendale has a limited number of buildings that are big enough and can meet federal requirements to be accessible to residents with disabilities.

Greendale Village President John Hermes said the Board of Trustees is expected to weigh its options regarding the matter within the next few weeks.

A joint meeting about the issue was already held between the school board and trustee members.

Village representatives had asked the district to consider adjusting its school calendar around the elections, to give students a day off whenever elections were scheduled. But that proposal was “not realistic,” according to the letter from board members, because the November election falls during the same time designated for administering the state-mandated achievement tests.

“With the accountability movement for schools, every minute of every school day is important,” the letter said.

The school board also said in the letter that hosting a polling place incurs about $1,200 in custodial costs to the district each election day.

In the 2013 election, Greendale served about 11,000 eligible voters at five different voting locations: Canterbury Elementary, College Park Elementary, Highland View Elementary, Greendale High School and the Greendale Police Department.

If the village approves the relocation, voting would no longer take place at the elementary schools but would continue to take place at the high school.

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/264292551.html


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 Post subject: Re: School Board wants polling places moved from schools
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:41 pm 
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They've never had any violence or safety issues, but want to kick out the voting places. I don't see the Village Board allowing this to happen.

The Village board offered to put an armed police officer in the schools during election hours. Originally, I guess that wasn't enough for the school board and those pushing the issue. Then the village board decided, and a meeting, to have the issue go to a referendum. I've heard the school board is now nervous and doesn't want the referendum because they know they will get their butts kicked on the issue.

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