Submitted by Mary Mead, Charlotte Town Clerk
The Town will be voting Tuesday, June 7 on whether or not to consolidate and form a new unified district to be known as the Champlain Valley School District. Shelburne, Hinesburg, Williston, Charlotte and St. George will all be voting on this consolidation question. Charlotte, Shelburne, Williston and Hinesburg are identified as “necessary” districts and St. George (with no operating school) is identified as an “advisable” district. No new unified district would be formed if any “necessary” district fails to approve the consolidation. If all of the “necessary” districts approve a merger and St. George votes to remain independent, the St. George district would have the opportunity to reconsider and join the Unified District by voting in favor of joining no later than November 30, 2016. The number of board members serving from each town on the Champlain Valley School District Board is the following: Williston-4; Shelburne – 3; Charlotte – 2; Hinesburg – 2; St. George – 1. On June 7, along with the consolidation question, we will be voting on our board members. If you are interested in serving on this new board, petitions are available at the clerk’s office for either a 2 yr. or 4 yr. term. Petitions are due back at the clerk’s office, with at least 30 signatures by Friday, May 6.
Once again, this is a topic to educate yourself on before the June 7 election date. The “Chittenden South Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee Report: Findings & Recommendation” is available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Read it, ask questions of your school board members, watch for upcoming meetings with Act 46 & consolidation as topics of discussion, be informed and ready to vote on June 7.
To be eligible to vote on June 7, you must file your voter application (if you are a new voter) on or before Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Primary Election, August 9
The filing period for Major Candidates is no sooner than April 25, 2016 and no later than 5pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016. If you are a candidate for State Representative, you must fill out a Consent of Candidate Form which accompanies the petition with at least 50 signatures, filed in the Town Clerk’s office by that May 26 deadline.
If you are interested in running for Justice of the Peace, you may be nominated by the Democratic or Republican Party or you may take out a petition and run as an Independent. The petition for Independent JP, along with the consent form, is filed in the Town Clerk’s Office with at least 30 signatures. The due date for those petitions is 5pm, Friday, August 12, 2016. For nomination of Justices of the Peace by Political Parties, party chairs must call a caucus on or before the primary election on August 9, 2016. Before filing the statement of nomination for justices of the peace with the town clerk, the party chair checks with each nominee and confirms that each one consents to having their name printed on the ballot for that position and to serve if elected. The party chair files the signed statement of nomination of the justices of the peace and a copy of the meeting notice with the Town Clerk not later than 5pm on the third day following the primary election (August 12, 2016).
To be eligible to vote on August 9, you must file your application (if you are a new voter) on or before Wednesday, August 3, 2016.