Superintendent Larry Powell said, "We thought you could only collect signatures only in the area or the trustee area of McLane. In doing some more research and as we continued to check with other county offices, we came to the conclusion you had to have signatures from the entire district."
That changes the number from about 300 signatures to about 24-hundred. Because the county admits the mistake, it says it will ask the state board of education for a waiver to give the group calling for the special election another 30 days to gather enough signatures.
In the meantime, board-appointed trustee Christopher De La Cerda will remain in his seat for now. If the group decides to push for an election, the county says the 560 signatures it's already collected will count towards the new total.