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City Council supports change to Elected Lexington City School Board
Posted Date: 3/27/2017 9:00 PM

City supports allowing voters choice for Lexington City School Board members, by passing a resolution to relinquish City Council's obligation of appointing members.

Lexington City Council recognizes the importance of the citizens and parents ability to have a say in the election of the representatives on the Lexington City Schools Board of Education; and therefore at the March 27th meeting, Council passed a resolution requesting the NC General Assembly to relinquish the appointment process by Lexington City Council and instead allow for the members of the Lexington City School Board to be elected by the citizens. 

The proposal recommends the number of board members be reduced from 9 members to 7 members; and of those 7 members, 6 members would represent the City's wards and 1 member would represent Davidson County residents who reside outside the City limits but inside the Lexington City Schools attendance district.  

Currently within North Carolina, Lexington City Schools is only 1 of 3 Boards of Education whereby members are appointed by the local council; as compared to 112 Boards of Education, in which members are elected by the voters within the school's attendance area during the May primary or November general elections.  The Resolution passed by City Council recommends the first election take place November 7, 2017 and requires NC State Legislature final approval.

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