BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS Policy Code: 2110
Any person possessing the qualifications for election to public office as provided for in Article VI, Section 6 of the Constitution of North Carolina and who is a qualified voter and resident of the district from which he/she seeks to be elected will be eligible to serve as a member of the board of education.
Any person elected or appointed to the board and also employed by the board will resign his/her employment before taking office as a member of the board.
MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS OF OFFICE
The board of education will consist of five members. All terms will be for four years with the terms staggered.
For purposes of electing members of the board of education, the county is divided into five resident districts, as referenced in the map of districts maintained on the Chatham County Board of Elections site at www.chathamnc.org/boe.
One member will be elected from each of the five Districts. A candidate must reside in the district which he or she seeks to represent, but will be voted on by the voters of the entire county. The candidate in each district receiving the highest number of votes will be declared elected.
The elections are nonpartisan and no primary election will be held. The elections are to be held at the time of the November general election in even-numbered years. The representatives from Districts One and Two will be elected during the years when national presidential elections are held. The representatives from Districts Three, Four, and Five will be elected two years following each national presidential election.
OATH OF OFFICE
The Chatham County Board of Education will hold a meeting on the first Monday in December following the election at which new members shall be qualified for office. Before taking office, newly elected board members will take and sign the following oath or affirmation:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the State of North Carolina and that I will honestly, faithfully, and impartially discharge my duties as a member of the Chatham County Board of Education to the best of my ability."
Legal References: N.C. Const., art. VI, §§6 and 7; G.S. 115C-35; -37(g); 1995 N.C. Sess. Laws Chapter 80; 2005 N.C. Sess. Laws Chapter 309.
Adopted: August 1, 2007, Revised April 15, 2013