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Policies » Section B: School Board Governance & Operations » BBBE: Unexpired Term Fulfillment

Policy Date: 12/12/2017

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The School Board shall fill vacancies occurring on the Board by appointment until the next School District election in accordance with RSA 197:26.

In the event that a vacancy or vacancies occur(s) during the term of office of any board member causing the membership of the Board to be less than three, the unexpired term or terms of office shall be filled as follows:
1. Solicit names of voters in the district who are willing to serve with appropriate notice of the same through public notification serving the community. Published notification will be made no later than ten days prior to a regularly scheduled board meeting.
2. Appointment Process:
a. All qualified applicants shall be given due consideration.
b. All applicants shall have the opportunity to address the Board and the public during the Board’s selection meeting.
c. Voting shall be conducted in open session, and a process leading to the appointment of a new board member(s) can begin only after the tendered date of resignation of the previous board member(s).
d. A majority vote of the Board shall confirm the appointment.
3. The appointment is only for that period of time until the next election of school district officers as stipulated in RSA 197:26.

RSA 197:26 Vacancies. The School Board shall fill vacancies occurring on the Board, and in other district offices, except that of moderator, until the next annual meeting of the district. In case of vacancy of the entire membership of the Board, or the remaining members are unable to agree upon an appointment, the selectmen, upon application of one or more voters in the district, shall fill the vacancies so existing until the next annual meeting of the district.

Statutory References:
RSA 197:26, School Meetings & Officers: Vacancies
RSA 371:33, School District Elections: Vacancies

Adopted: October 12, 1999
Reviewed: December 12, 2017