HB 278 reducing school board terms from 5 years to 4 is a roll of the dice

House Bill 278

149th General Assembly (Present)

Bill Progress

Current Status:

House Education 12/14/17
What happens next?

Committee Hearing takes place within twelve legislative days.

Bill Details

Introduced on:

12/14/17

Primary Sponsor:

Additional Sponsor(s):

Sen. Sokola 

Co-Sponsor(s):

Sen. Townsend 
Reps. JaquesLynnRamoneK. Williams

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL BOARDS.

Original Synopsis:

This Act changes the term of a school board member from 5 years to 4 years. While longer board member terms enable school board members to have more years as experienced board members, this must be weighed against the goal of providing the community with sufficient opportunities to run for school boards, and to replace school board members. In addition, shorter board member terms can increase the number of candidates who run for office, as a longer term can prevent some individuals from choosing to run for this office.

Volume Chapter:

N/A

Fiscal Note/Fee Impact:

Not Required

Effective Date:

Takes effect upon being signed into law

From my school board observations; Those board candidates who have not engaged in the educations and made appearances at school board meetings weighing in on the issues requires move time in office to become seasoned. Those candidates who are engaged in the issues and attend school board meeting a member of the public or a hands on advocate for public education seem to jump in with selves rolled-up and are engaged board members from day-one.

Personally, I would like to see term limits for school board members. Two five-year terms and out! 

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