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D-11 board recall effort

Petitions filed to recall board members

Colorado Springs, CO - This afternoon, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams received six recall petitions for Directors of the District 11 Board of Education. The recall petitions were filed against the following Board Directors: Elaine Naleski, Nora Brown, Al Loma, Sandra Mann, Luann Long and Jan Tanner.  The Recall Committee Members include: Mariam Kurvink, Elaine Shoemaker and Dorothy Dykes.
The Clerk & Recorder is the Designated Election Official (DEO) in school board recalls.  A recall petition is submitted to the Clerk and Recorder's Office for approval as to form.  The Clerk's Office has until the close of the seventh business day following submission to approve or disapprove a petition for circulation.  Once approved, the petition may be circulated for no more than sixty days.  A minimum of 15,000 petition signatures are required for each of the School District 11 Board Directors.  
Once the DEO receives the signed petition, it is reviewed and verified against the registration records. The petition review must be completed no later than fifteen business days after the initial filing of the petition.  If the petition is deemed sufficient, the 15 day protest period begins.  If a protest is filed, a hearing is set and is heard by the DEO.  The hearing shall be concluded within thirty days after the protest is filed.  
If the recall petition's sufficiency is sustained, a date for the election is set.  The recall election date shall be from forty-five days to seventy-five days after the recall petition has been deemed sufficient and the time for protest has passed.  Nomination petitions for successor candidates may be circulated beginning the first date on which a protest may be filed and must be filed no later than ten calendar days after the DEO sets the election date.  Nomination petitions are taken out at the office of the DEO.
If the recall petitions received by the Clerk and Recorder were to be approved on March 1, 2013, and the maximum time was taken for each portion of the recall process, this is a tentative schedule for the process:
3/01/13 - Petition approved for circulation
4/30/13 - Last day to file petition with Clerk & Recorder
5/21/13 - Petition review complete and notice of appearance of sufficiency or insufficiency issued
6/05/13 - If petition is sufficient 15 day protest period ends on this day
6/14/13 - Last day to hold a hearing if protest filed on last day
7/12/13 - Final day for hearing decision
8/26/13 to 9/25/13 - If sufficiency sustained on last day, election date set between 45 and 75 days from 7/12/13
The School District is responsible for reimbursement to the Office of the Clerk & Recorder for reasonable expenses incurred by the County Clerk and Recorder in performing duties relating to the recall of an incumbent of the political subdivision.  The 2006 recall election involving District 11 cost $256,729.22.

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