School district annexation is the process of redefining the school district line into a new school district. All annexations become effective July 1st of the following year upon approval by the State Board.
You may be eligible to annex your property into a different school district if your lot is contiguous (roads do not count when you consider if they are touching) to lots in the school district you want to be annexed into. If the school district you are annexing out of has a bond issue, you may be required to pay the new school district’s taxes and the taxes of the bond from the former district.
Please contact the Williams County Schools Administrative Assistant for assistance with this process: email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 701-577-4580.
Step One: Complete the Annexation Petition
- Download the Annexation Petition form from ND DPI
- Tips for completing the petition
- Use your legal description on the petition and not your 911 address. Your legal description can be obtained from the Recorder's Office.
- Include a name of a child that is going to be school age in the upcoming school year and that lives in the petitioned area on the petition.
- Put together a list of all children ages 0-17 with a list of their name, date of birth and if school age what school are attending and their address.
- Provide the names of all qualified electors living in the area to be annexed. A qualified elector is a US citizen that is 18 years or older and has been living in a residence on the petitioned property. It must be your primary residence or where you live at least 51% of the time.
- The petition must be hand-signed in ink. It is helpful if you print your name after your signature so it is legible. If there is more than one lot involved, you will need two-thirds of the people living in the area to sign the petition, but it is helpful if you have 100% (NDCC 15.1-12-05-03).
- Once the petition is complete, please contact our office so that it can be reviewed by the Williams County Superintendent of Schools and Williams County Annexation Technician. We may have follow-up questions for you and may also ask if you have talked to the school districts involved and if a tuition agreement or open enrollment is an option.
Step Two: Local Hearing
- A hearing with the Williams County Committee for School District Annexations, Dissolutions and Reorganizations will then be scheduled. Hearings typically take place in the Williams County Administration Building in downtown Williston.
- It can take approximately one month to schedule your hearing. The legal notice has to be in the paper 14 days prior to the meeting in the official newspaper of the county. Most schools in Williams County use the Williston Herald. The paper needs at least 4 days and sometimes more depending on weekends and holidays to print the legal advertisement (NDCC 15.1-12-05-01).
- The Committees votes on the day of the hearing whether to pass or deny the petition.
- The minutes and all documentary evidence from the hearing is written up and sent to the North Dakota State Board of Public School Education in Bismarck, ND, which must give the final approval.
- Other paperwork may include a map, minutes, agenda, sign in sheet, and the required information all done by the William’s County Annexation Technician.
Step Three: State Board Meeting
- If there is testimony against the petition, then the state committee will approve or deny the petition.
- The State Board meeting will be taped and they may have a hearing where you would be required to testify, or they may decide to make a decision without holding an additional hearing and you would not be allowed to testify.