Running for school board is a bit of different than running for other local offices. Campaign spending is generally less, and the time for campaigning is generally limited to a few weeks before election day.
Year after year, education is ranked as a top voter concern, yet voter turnout rates for school board elections remain low. One major reason for the low level of voter turnout is that school elections often occur on dates that differ from general elections. Some advocates have suggested combining school board, board of education and school budget elections with other local and state elections that have a higher turnout rate.
Because of the unique situation of these elections, the winner is often the person who can get more people to the polls. The best way to win a school board election is to get your supporters motivated enough to go out on that odd day and actually cast a vote for you.
The results of the election will help shape the upcoming board so it better meets the needs of the district’s students, parents and staff. If you plan to become a school board member, plan to make a difference!
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Get your message out with a campaign website
School board campaign websites provide a great way to publicly state your platform, inform your supporters of the issues, and as a tool to help get them to the polls. We’ve helped many school board candidates and school board president candidates win their elections.
With a choice of four affordable website options, political campaigns of all sizes can build a great online presence to reach voters and build support.
- Our Lite Campaign Website Package features customized color schemes to select, hosting, contact forms, mail list and more. You add the content to build a powerful online presence. It includes color schemes and header images that are perfect for school board election candidates.
- Our Regular Campaign Website Package features a custom template design. We create a custom website header and other template modifications to create a unique look.
- The Enhanced Website Package includes custom template design, the ability to update pages, a poll, calendar, integrated forms and the ability to add blog posts. In addition, this package allows campaigns to add event forms, additional pages and multiple user accounts. The Enhanced package also includes data capture of all submitted forms, allowing campaigns to easily incorporate this data into their marketing efforts.
- Our Monthly Campaign Website Option includes school board template options and is designed for political campaigns starting with a tight budget and do not want to go with one of our extended website packages. The Monthly Option features recurring billing that can be cancelled at any time. (This option is popular for candidates campaigning for school board.)
Online Candidate provides the hosting, design and tools necessary to build a winning online presence. Our platform is designed to help your raise money, recruit supporters and spread the word.
Need campaign print materials?
Looking for campaign brochure templates for your school board election? Creating a well-designed political brochure can require top publishing and graphic software. Add in the cost of hiring a professional designer, and a school board election campaign can quickly eat up its budget.
For those without access to Quark and InDesign can still design and self-publish attractive campaign materials. Professionally designed Word brochure templates and flyers are a great way to create consistent-looking materials that will distinguish your campaign from the competition. We also carry Canva school board templates.
Tips and ideas for running for school board
- A school board’s primary mission is to establish local policy and to monitor and evaluate progress within the school district. Know the issues of your district. Attend several school board meetings and begin participating as a parent or interested taxpayer.
- Put together a plan for your campaign. Determine the number of voters and calculate the percentage of votes you need to win. Study previous campaigns and learn what previous candidates did right (or wrong).
- Choose a good campaign slogan. Here are some example school board slogans that focus on education and students.
- Use both offline and online outreach channels. Typical online channels include email and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
- Turn out the vote. If your election date is off-season, getting out the vote is very important as turnout tends to be lower. You need to work hard to get voters to the polls. Speak with as many parents as you can and encourage them to vote.
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