MSBA’s Top 10 Legislative highlights — No. 1: Filling a board vacancy with more than 1 year remaining will now require a special election

MSBA ends its Top 10 list of items we think will have the biggest impact on schools. If anyone wants the entire analysis, just click on the MSBA Legislative Summary link below.

No. 1: Filling a board vacancy with more than 1 year left on the term will now require a special election

Lawmakers couldn’t help but change a simple appointment process into a complicated, confusing and costly special election process. From today on, if someone resigns, districts will have to pay for a special election to fill the spot with the following rules:

  • The special election must be held within 120 days after the vacancy, but no later than 12 weeks before the next regularly scheduled primary, OR
  • It must be run concurrently with the next regularly scheduled primary or general election, but no sooner than 120 days after the General Election.

See all of the changes to filling a vacancy, including appointments for less than a year, in MSBA’s 2015  Legislative Summary. Take a look at page 17.

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