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  • Summary date: Apr 18 2023 - View Summary

    Replaces the procedure set forth for filling vacancies for local boards of education elected on a partisan basis in GS 115C-37.1. Requires all vacancies of elected members to be filled pursuant to the statute's provisions, with the statute's provisions superseding state or local law. For vacating members elected as the nominee of a political party, requires the individual recommended by the county executive committee of that party to be sworn in at the next regular board meeting so long as the recommendation is of a qualified voter of the board and made within 30 days of the vacancy occurring. Requires the executive committee to restrict voting to committee members who represent precincts all or part of which were within the territory of the vacating member if less than the entire county were eligible to vote for that member's seat. Requires the remaining members of the board to vote to fill the vacancy if the executive committee fails to make a recommendation as required. Directs the clerk of superior court to fill vacancies upon request of a board member or upon petition of any five qualified votes of the board if the number of vacancies precludes a quorum of the board. Requires the superintendent to report any vacancy beyond 60 days of occurrence to the clerk of superior court, who must fill the vacancy within 10 days of reporting. Maintains the listed counties to which the statute's provisions apply, and specifies that the provisions apply to the school administrative systems in the listed counties, as applicable. Effective October 1, 2023, and applies to vacancies occurring on or after that date.