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. Enacted May 28, 2015. Sections 1.1 through 1.5 are effective upon ratification of the approval by voters of the referendum provided for in Section 1.6. Part II is effective January 1, 2018. The remainder is effective May 28, 2015.
Bill Summaries: H 189 ROCKINGHAM CO. SCHOOL BD.
Summary date: May 28 2015 - View Summary
Summary date: May 19 2015 - View Summary
Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Makes a technical correction to Sections 1.2 and 1.3 of Part I of this act, which reduces the number of members on the Rockingham County Consolidated Board of Education (Board), to provide that four members are to be elected from a single-member district as described in Section 1.4 of this act, (was, Section 1.5). Also deletes requirement that the person elected by qualified voters must have resided in that district for at least six months before filing for the seat that is apportioned to that district.
Also provides that if a vacancy occurs on the Board, the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners must appoint a person to serve the remainder of the unexpired term who is a member of the same political party as the vacating Board member if the vacating member was elected as a nominee of a political party.
Summary date: Mar 30 2015 - View Summary
House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes technical changes to the 1st edition. Repeals the entirety of Chapter 15 of the 1993 Session Laws and SL 2005-307 (current law that applies to Rockingham County Consolidated Board of Education elections).
Summary date: Mar 10 2015 - View Summary
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.