Dale Palser and Steve Belitz recall, Central City Public Schools, Nebraska (2013)
An effort to recall Dale Palser and Steve Belitz from their respective positions as president and secretary of the Board of Education of Central City Public Schools, Nebraska was launched in June 2013. The effort to qualify the recall question for the ballot was, however, abandoned short of going to a vote. Recall organizers failed to submit the proper paperwork when turning in petition signatures; further attempts were not legally possible at the time.
The recall effort against Palser and Belitz began in June 2013 when a group called "Time for Change, Time to Move Forward" filed a petition with Merrick County Clerk. Reports indicated that the firing of Central City Public Schools football coach Darin Garfield in April 2013 was the source of anger that led to the effort. However, recall organizers say the efforts are not meant to be retaliation for the firing, but rather meant to put "a spotlight on a system that has been counterproductive to the best interests of the students and staff of Central City Public Schools for some time."
Reasons for recall
The petition being circulated specifically stated:
|“||School board members are entrusted to ensure schools' responsiveness to community values, beliefs and priorities. We believe that recall of [Palser and Belitz] is warranted due to lack of responsiveness to concerns raised by public and staff, lack of oversight and failure to require accountability from administrators, failure to provide leadership to improve our school.||”|
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in Nebraska
On August 16, the signature submission deadline, recall supporters attempted to turn in over 500 signatures. However, Merrick County Clerk Marcia Wichman rejected the signatures because recall supporters had failed to state on each petition page whether petition gatherers were volunteers or paid gathers. Further attempts to recall Palser and Belitz also became impossible because the two men were scheduled for regular election in 2014 and local recall laws state elected officials cannot be subject to recall in the last six months of their term.
Recall supporters needed to have collect 449 signatures to trigger a recall election.
- Recall campaigns in Nebraska
- Political recall efforts, 2013
- School board recalls
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- JournalStar.com, "Petitions to recall Central City board members fail," August 17, 2013
- NTV ABC, "Group Seeks to Begin Recall of Some Members of the Central City School Board," June 27, 2013
- JournalStar.com, "Central City group begins school board recall effort over fired coach," July 20, 2013
- KHAS-TV, "Central City residents set to recall school board members," June 27, 2013
- KHAS-TV, "Central City petitioners continue school board fight," August 19, 2013
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