North Hopkins votes to contract with Tira to hold elections in May

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Feb. 16, 2007 - North Hopkins school officials Thursday night unanimously agreed to contract with the city of Tira to hold its annual school board election in May.

The decision won't be official until next week, provided members of Tira's City Council approve the agreement, North Hopkins Superintendent Tommy Long said Friday morning.

While school personnel have discussed the matter with Tira City Council members who have indicated they are in favor of the agreement, Long said a decision against the agreement would mean North Hopkins Independent School District will have to hold the election in November.

Three other school districts in Hopkins County — Miller Grove, Saltillo and Sulphur Bluff — are being forced to hold their trustees election in November thanks to a new rule passed last year. Section 11.0581 of the Texas Education Code, requires that elections for  trustees of an independent school district must be held on the same date as the election for the members of the governing body of a municipality located in the school district, or at the general election for state and county officers in November. 

While the decision regarding the North Hopkins ISD election won't be final until the Tira council votes, to remain in accordance with filing deadlines the district will continue to be open for anyone wishing to file to run in the May 12 election.

Unless Tira votes against the measure, filing for the three full term spots on the board will continue weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the school office through March 12.

All three spots on the board are three-year seats and will be awarded to the three candidates receiving the most votes. The three seats are currently held by Ricky Glossup, Brent McQueen and Edgar Clements. Glossup has served on the board for several years. McQueen and Clements are finishing out the final year of unexpired terms.

Sulphur Springs, Como-Pickton, Cumby and Yantis schools are partnering with their city municipalities for the May 12 election. Contact the administrative or business office for the three rural school districts for further information on filing. To file for the SSISD school board, see Judy Gregg in the tax office at the administration building at 631 Connally St.

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