GFPS board election set for May 4

Updated Jan. 29, 2021

One seat is up for election on the board of trustees for the Great Falls Public Schools district and that election is set for May 4.

The seat that is open this year is currently held by Teresa Schreiner.

School election is May 5 [2020], here’s candidate info and levy background

The district could also run a levy on this ballot though officials haven’t indicated any plans to do so, they have until April 2 to decide, according to Brian Patrick, GFPS operations director.

According to the Cascade County Elections Office, no one has yet filed for the seat and filing closes March 25.

Schreiner told The Electric that she will not be running for reelection this year.

“Although it was one of the top highlights of things I’ve done in Great Falls, and 110 percent in support of public education, public prekindergarten investments, and our teachers, all of our faculty, principals and staff, I cannot give the district and my children the time that they all deserve at this time. I hope I have served my constituents well,” Schreiner said.

She said she hopes to run again in the future when she has time.

“I’ll say I served because I heard that folks on the board were a ‘rubber stamp’ for the district. I never knew what that fully meant, but I also didn’t know what the board actually did. So, I decided to run and find out. The Skyline Preschool changed the trajectory of my oldest child, who needed supports early on in life, so I wanted to get involved. I’m glad I did. No regrets.”

Eric Hinebauch has indicated he plans to run again this year. He ran for school board last year.

[[2020] School board candidate questionnaire: Eric Hinebauch

If only one person files to run for the school board seat, the district could cancel the election and declare a winner by acclamation, Patrick said.

The district will conduct the election by mail ballot and the estimated cost is $40,000, Patrick said.