Evart School Board considers six-year terms

EVART - To avoid holding elections for more than half of the school board members in one election and to accommodate a recently passed state law extending school board member terms, the Evart School Board is considering altering its bylaws to establish 6-year terms for members.

Before the law was passed at the end of the 2010-11 school year, the board held elections every year. The new law states elections must be held in November on even-numbered years.

As a result of the law, some Evart board member term limits have been extended up to 18 months, including Gerald Nichols and Alan Salinas whose terms would have been up on June 30, 2013, but will now be up on Dec. 31, 2014.

If the board maintains four-year terms, the elections would occur in a 4-3 rotation, with elections held every even numbered year. Six-year terms would stagger elections to a 2-3-2 rotation.

“If we want to continue with four-year terms, that means a majority of the board would be up for re-election at the same time,” said board president Alan Bengry.“The drawbacks of going to six-year terms is are there people who are willing to commit to six years in the position?”

Bengry noted that the decision by the state was made to decrease costs associated with elections by including them in with local and state governmental elections already set in November.

The board will make a decision at the May board meeting held on May 14.

In other business, the board:

  • Heard from high school principal Alan Kullman, who showed student ACT scores have improved over the past two years, with an increase in college readiness from 1.4 percent in 2010 to an estimated 14 percent this year.

Kullman attributed the increase to the implementation of an ACT readiness course.

“We’re moving these kids in the right direction,” Kullman said;

  • Approved the recommended 2012-2015 District Educational Technology Plan;
  • Approved spring sports ticket prices to be $2 for adults, $1 for students and $6 for families, with the exception of the varsity baseball tournament on April 21, at which the school will charge $5 for each person due to the event lasting all day.

The next Evart School Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on May 14 at the board room in the Middle School.