9221 - Method of Filling Vacancies

Policy 9221

Bylaws of the Board

Method of Filling Vacancies

Whenever a vacancy shall occur during the term of office of a member of the Board of Education, the remaining members shall elect a successor of the same political party as the former member to complete the term of office in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes.

The vacancy will be publicly posted.

In filling the vacancy, the Board shall consider, but not exclusively, recommendations from town committees of the appropriate registered political parties, as well as other appropriate sources. The Board may interview persons so identified.

A regular Board meeting, or a special meeting called for the purpose of electing a resident for the unexpired term, shall take place no later than thirty (30) calendar days following a letter of resignation posted to the Town Clerk. Voting shall be continued until a nominee receives a majority of the votes of those members present and voting.

If the vacancy is not filled at the end of the thirty (30) day period, the First Selectman, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, shall fill the vacancy by appointment within the next thirty (30) days.

Such successor shall hold office until the expiration of the term, in accordance with the provisions of the prevailing statutes of Connecticut or the provisions of the Town Charter.

Board Officer Vacancies

Whenever there is a vacancy in the Office of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, or Secretary, the Board shall elect a new officer to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term of office once a full Board is seated.

(cf. 9100- Organization Meeting of the Board)

Legal Reference:         Connecticut General Statutes
7-107 Vacancy appointments by selectmen.
9-204 Minority representation on boards of education.
10-219 Procedure for filling vacancy on board of education.
10-156e Employees of boards of education permitted to serve as elected officials; exception.
10-232 Restriction on employment of members of the board of education.
Town Charter, 2-40(c)

Adopted: 6/5/12
Revised: 10/15/19
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