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A Small Texas Town Neglects School Board Elections for a Decade

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The tiny Central Texas town of Sidney neglected to hold school board elections for a decade. Instead, board members kept extending their own terms, reports The Dallas Morning News. Most taxpayers in Comanche County didn't even notice the lack of elections. Then came an anonymous complaint to the State Auditor's office “about a school district that forgot democracy.”

Investigators discovered that once trustees had been appointed to the school board, they stayed as long as they liked.   

So, now the Texas Education Agency has ordered the district to hire an election attorney and hold a public hearing to disclose this neglect of due process. A supervisor will be appointed by the state Education Commissioner.

None of that has happened yet.