2021 Wyoming Statutes
Title 21 - Education
Chapter 18 - Community Colleges
Article 3 - Community College Districts
Section 21-18-312 - Formation of Districts.
21-18-312. Formation of districts.
(a) An application for the formation of a community college district may be submitted to the commission only when the following minimal prerequisites have been satisfied: the area to be formed into the district must be a territory having an assessed property valuation of not less than one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000.00); there must be not less than fifteen hundred (1,500) students regularly enrolled in grades nine (9) through twelve (12). The territory of such district may encompass one (1) or more counties.
(b) No community college may be established in the state of Wyoming unless approved by the community college commission pursuant to the provisions of this act and approved by the legislature. No state funds for any purpose shall ever be distributed to any community college district which is formed without legislative approval.
(c) The application for the formation of a community college district shall be submitted in the form prescribed by the commission and subscribed by not less than five hundred (500) or twenty-five percent (25%), whichever is the smaller number of qualified electors residing within each of the counties situated in the area sought to be organized into a community college district.
(d) Whenever the community college commission receives a proper application for the formation of a community college district, it shall cause a survey to be conducted to consider the need for a community college in the proposed district, the need for the community college in the state, the financial ability of the proposed district to support a college, the educational soundness of the proposed community college plan and any other matters which might assist the commission in the disposition of the application. The county commissioners of the area within the proposed community college district shall reimburse the community college commission for all reasonable expenses incurred in making the survey. If the proposed district embraces more than one (1) county the costs of the survey shall be shared proportionately by the counties involved, according to population within the proposed district.
(e) The commission shall approve or disapprove the petition within ninety (90) days of receipt thereof. The commission shall furnish the legislature a copy of its survey findings and recommendations and shall notify the county commissioners of the county wherein the proposed community college is to be located of its findings and recommendations.
(f) After receipt of notice that a petition for establishment of a community college has been approved by the commission, the county clerk of the county wherein the proposed community college is to be located shall conduct an election to determine the question of creation of a community college district with authority to levy a tax not to exceed four (4) mills and to elect the initial members of the community college district board. The election shall be held on the next election date authorized under W.S. 22-21-103 which is not less than sixty (60) days after the receipt of the notice by the county clerk. In the event two (2) or more counties are to be included in the proposed community college district, the county commissioners shall proceed in accordance with W.S. 22-22-103. The county clerk of the other county or counties involved shall conduct an election on that date as hereinafter provided. The county commissioners of the county or counties included within the proposed community college district shall pay all costs incident to the conduct of the election within their respective counties.
(g) The county clerk of the county wherein the proposed community college is to be located shall publish at least one (1) notice of election in a newspaper of general circulation in the proposed community college district. The publication shall be made no more than thirty (30) days nor fewer than fifteen (15) days prior to the date set for the election. The notice shall state that the purpose of the election is to determine the question of creation of a community college district with authority to levy a tax not to exceed four (4) mills on the dollar of assessed valuation of property located within the proposed district and to elect members of the initial community college district board.
(h) The county clerk, in conducting an election to determine the establishment of a community college district, has substantially the same duties and responsibilities as in the conduct of a regular college election except as otherwise provided.
(j) Nominations to the initial community college district board are submitted on forms provided by the county clerk of the county wherein the proposed community college is to be located to be substantially the same as those required for the nomination of a candidate in a regular district board member election. All names so filed shall be printed in alphabetical order, without designation of party name or election subdistrict, on the ballot to be furnished the electors at each polling place on the day of the election by the county clerk of the county wherein the proposed community college is to be located. The names of all persons filing as candidates shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the proposed community college district not later than the Saturday preceding the date of the election. Nothing in this section prevents a voter from writing the name of any qualified person on such ballot.
(k) Absentee ballots are allowed in elections for the establishment of a community college district in the same manner as provided in the procedure for trustee elections.
(m) Any person who qualifies as a voter in a community college district board election is entitled to vote in an election on the question of establishment of a community college district.
(n) The question to be submitted to the voters to determine the establishment of a community college district shall be in substantially the following form:
(i) "Shall a community college district be created and established according to law, encompassing .... (name of the county or counties within the proposed community college district) to be known as .... Community College District for the operation and maintenance of a community college to be located at ...., Wyoming; and shall there be levied a special tax not to exceed four (4) mills on the dollar of taxable valuation within the district for the operation and maintenance of said community college?"
Community college and special mill tax Yes
Community college and special mill tax No
(o) Immediately after the closing of the polls the election officers shall proceed to canvass the ballots. Results disclosed by the canvass shall be certified by the county clerk to the county commissioners of the county wherein the proposed community college is to be located. After all results have been received by the county commissioners of the county wherein the proposed community college is to be located the results shall immediately be certified to the commission.
(p) The vote necessary to authorize the establishment of a community college district is a majority of all votes cast within the proposed community college district.
(q) The county clerk shall prepare copies of the certification of election results and keep a copy of the certificate of election results on file.
(r) If the election for establishment carries, the community college commission shall notify by registered mail the seven (7) candidates who receive the highest number of votes in the entire election.