It's not a change that will necessarily be obvious on campus, but the the Benicia School Board is considering a move that could save the district thousands of dollars.
The school board meets Thursday at 7 p.m., following a closed session meeting, to consider moving its elections to even years in order to piggyback on state elections.
The city of Benicia is also considering moving its election years to line up with state elections. The premise is that by combining with state ballots, the school district and city of Benicia would save money and increase voter turnout. There would be an initial expense when officials send out notices of the change in election years, but after that, there is an expected savings since city and district elections would appear on the same ballot as state elections.
A forecast of expected costs and saving over the next two election cycles, provided by the Benicia Unified School District, indicates the district could save close to $50,000 by moving its election years. The savings depends largely on whether or not other school districts in Solano County also move their election years.
More immediately, current school board trustees whose terms are supposed to end in November would have their terms extended to 2014.
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