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NO. M-13. AN ACT RELATING TO THE CHARTER OF THE ESSEX JUNCTION SCHOOL DISTRICT.

(H.860)

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

Sec. 1. APPROVAL OF CHARTER

The proposal of amendment of the Charter of the Essex Junction School District, as approved by the voters on April 11, 2000, is amended as it appears in this act.

Sec. 2. Section 2.2 of the Charter is amended to read:

2.2. The moderator and the five Prudential Committee members shall be elected at the annual meeting or on the day following. A moderator shall be elected every year and shall serve a term of one year. The moderator’s term of office shall commence on July 1 following his or her election, and shall terminate at midnight, June 30, following election of a successor. One or more persons shall be elected to the Prudential Committee each year. Effective as of the 1994 annual meeting, one of the two seats scheduled for election that year to the Prudential Committee shall be for a term of two years. Effective as of the 1995 annual meeting, one of the two seats scheduled for election that year to the Prudential Committee shall be for a term of two years. All other newly elected Prudential Committee members shall hold office for three-year terms. Prudential Committee members shall be elected by Australian Ballot on the day following the annual meeting as set forth in Vermont law. All officers *[shall hold office for terms commencing July 1 following their election and terminating at midnight on the 30th day of June following election of their successor. All officers who are incumbents shall continue in office until midnight, June 30, following election of their successor]*, excepting the moderator, the clerk/treasurer and the collector of taxes, shall hold office for terms commencing upon their election and terminating upon the election of their successor. The clerk/treasurer and the collector of taxes shall each be appointed by the Prudential Committee for a term of one year. The appointment shall be made following elections every year and before July 1st. The clerk/treasurer and the collector of taxes shall each be appointed for a term commencing July 1 following appointment, and terminating at midnight on the 30th day of June following the appointment of a successor.

Sec. 3. Section 2.3 of the Charter is amended to read:

2.3. When an officer resigns his or her office, dies, becomes incapacitated or removes his or her residency from the district, such office shall be considered vacant. When a vacancy occurs in any office, other than the office of moderator, clerk/treasurer and collector of taxes, the Prudential Committee shall forthwith, by appointment, in writing, fill such a vacancy until *[midnight, of June 30 following]* the election of a successor at the annual meeting next thereafter. At such annual meeting the voters of the district shall fill the vacancy in any elected office, other than the office of the moderator, for the remainder of the term. When the office of the moderator, clerk/treasurer or collector of taxes becomes vacant, the Prudential Committee shall forthwith, by appointment, in writing, appoint a moderator, clerk/treasurer or collector of taxes to fill such vacancy until midnight of June 30 following election of a successor, in the case of the moderator’s office, or the appointment of a successor, in the case of the clerk/treasurer’s office or the collector of taxes’ office. All appointments under this section shall be filed and recorded in the office of the clerk/treasurer. No person shall be appointed to fill a vacancy in office who would not be eligible for election to such office.

Sec. 4. Section 3.2 of the Charter is amended to read:

The Prudential Committee in addition to other powers and duties specifically assigned and allowed by law for school boards shall:

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3.2. Elect its own chair and clerk and other officers deemed necessary during the first regular Prudential Committee meeting following *[July 1]* the annual meeting every year.

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Sec. 5. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect upon passage.

Approved: May 12, 2000