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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 27, 2016 12:37 PM
From: Representative Paul Schemel
To: All House members
Subject: Appointment of Former School Director as Superintendent
I plan to introduce legislation (Prior HB 2405) that will allow a school district to appoint a former district school director as its superintendent.

Appointment of a superintendent is perhaps the most critical duty of a board of school directors. It is therefore important that a board of school directors be empowered to appoint the person the board determines to be best suited for the position, without arbitrary restrictions. Under current law, a board of school directors is limited in its ability to appoint a former school director to serve as superintendent until after conclusion of the term of office for which the director was elected or appointed. This provision artificially constrains a school board in making its selection.

Under my legislation, a board of school directors may, by majority vote, appoint a former school director as its superintendent upon the director’s resignation from office, as long as the resignation occurs before the announcement of an open superintendent position and after the vacancy on the board of school directors is filled. My bill will give a board of school directors the flexibility to appoint a former director, if that person satisfies all other requirements in the Public School Code of 1949 relating to the appointment of a superintendent.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB391