BAY CITY, Mich. — Bay City Public Schools could save $40,000 annually by changing the date of school board elections, according to The Bay City Times

Maintaining a separate election every May costs the district $40,000, Superintendent Douglas Newcombe told the board recently, The Times reported. Changing to November elections would save the district 100 percent of that cost in even-numbered years and half that amount in odd-numbered years. The district could avoid the cost completely by holding board elections only in November of even-numbered years, according to The Times.

Two candidates ran unopposed for the board last May, with a 5.4 percent voter turnout, The Times reported.

The Bay City Times, "Bay City school board weighs options of November election year that could save district $40,000," Sept. 13, 2010

Michigan Education Report, "Clerks: School elections waste money," April 2, 2010