AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR A REFERENDUM TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF THE ROCKINGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION OVER FOUR YEARS FROM ELEVEN MEMBERS TO SEVEN BY REDRAWING THE ELECTION DISTRICTS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DISTRICTS FROM SIX TO FOUR SO THAT FOUR MEMBERS ARE ELECTED BY DISTRICT AND BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS ELECTED AT LARGE FROM FIVE TO THREE; TO CHANGE THE METHOD OF ELECTION OF THE BOARD TO PARTISAN; AND TO CLARIFY THE APPOINTMENT OF VACANCIES TO THE BOARD.
Provides for changes to the Rockingham County Board of Education as the title indicates, regardless of the plan for merging the public school systems in Rockingham County into one school system as approved by the State Board of Education on July 2, 1992, under GS 115C-67. Repeals Sections 2 through 4 of SL 2005-307, replacing the provisions with provisions that reduce the number of board members over a four-year period from eleven members to seven members. Reduces the number of election districts from six to four. Provides that there is to be a "for or against" question on the May 3, 2016, ballot as to reducing the membership of the school board from eleven members to seven members over a four-year period. Makes the above changes effective only if approved by a majority of qualified voters in the referendum held on May 3, 2016.
Repeals Section 1 of SL 2005-307. Repeals Section 2 of SL 1995-651, and Section 2 of Chapter 15 of the 1993 Session Laws, as amended by Section 5 of SL 2005-307, effective January 1, 2018. Provides that beginning in 2018, the election of members of the Rockingham Consolidated Board of Education is to be on a partisan basis in the general election in each even-numbered year as terms expire. Provides that this section does not affect the terms of office of any person elected in 2014 and 2016 to the Rockingham County Board of Education.
Amends Section 3 of SL 2005-307 regarding the criteria for submitting nominations to fill board vacancies.
Except as otherwise indicated, this act is effective when it becomes law.
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