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NO. 34. AN ACT RELATING TO TERMS FOR STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS.

(S.191)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 16 V.S.A. 161 is amended to read:

161. APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS; TERM; VACANCY

The state board shall consist of seven persons, all of whom shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. In the appointment of the members consideration shall be given to the selection of such persons as shall adequately represent all sections of the state.

(1) Upon the expiration of the respective terms of those members of the board previously appointed, the governor shall, biennially in the month of February with the advice and consent of the senate, appoint members thereto for terms of six years. The terms shall begin March 1 of the year in which the appointments are made. A member serving a term of six years shall not be eligible for reappointment for successive terms.

(2) In the event of any vacancy occurring in the membership of the board, the governor shall fill the vacancy with a qualified person whose appointment shall *[terminate March 1 in the year of the next following biennial session]* be for the unexpired portion of the term.

(3) Biennially, the board shall choose a member of the board to be its chairman.

Sec. 2. BOARD OF EDUCATION; STAGGERED TERMS

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of 16 V.S.A. 161, as vacancies occur or terms expire on the board of education, appointments shall be made for any length of time, up to and including six years, necessary to ensure that members serve staggered terms so that no more than three terms expire in any calendar year.

(b) This section is repealed on July 1, 2003.

Approved: May 15, 1997