IT’S ELECTION SEASON
It’s election season. Great Falls will have a school election on May 6 followed by the primary election on June 3. The school election ballot will include a vote on a levy for the elementary and high school general funds as well as the selection of Trustees. The primary election will include a variety of local and state offices.
The citizens running for three (3) trustee positions are: Dave Abbott, Cyndi Baker, Jason Brantly, Jan Cahill (current GFPS trustee), Jerry Hall, Kate Hughes and Don Ryan (former GFPS trustee).
For information regarding the general fund levies, please go to this website or talk to your building principal: http://www.gfps.k12.mt.us/2014election.
Employees are encouraged to participate in the election process by being registered to vote and by returning your voted ballot when it arrives in the mail. The deadline for voter registration is next Monday, April 7. There are voter registration materials in all school offices. See related article in this Newsbits.
As a public employee, there are things you can do and things you can’t do during the election season. This is a quick summary:
As a District employee, you may engage in political speech and activity, including the support or opposition of a candidate or ballot issue, as long as the political speech and/or activity does not involve the use of public time, facilities, equipment, supplies, personnel, or funds.
For more information, check out the GFPS Employee Levy Advocacy document on the election website: http://www.gfps.k12.mt.us/2014election.
With the above being said, it is prudent for District employees to remember that the public holds educators to a high level of professional responsibility, on and off the job. As per the Montana Educator Code of Ethics, educators are expected to respect diverse opinions, to protect the rights of all citizens and to play a positive role in school-community relations. District employees are encouraged to take part in the election process with care being taken to be civil and professional as we interact with others.
A GFPS belief statement says: A well-educated community is the foundation of our democracy. Thank you for all you do to support that education and for being a part of our great democracy.
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.