New law would allow change in dates of school board officer elections

Gov. Laura Kelly has signed into law legislation that includes a provision that will allow local school boards to elect officers in January instead of July.

The measure was filed this session as SB 7 by state Sen. Tom Hawk, D-Manhattan, and then later became part of the SB 130 Conference Committee Report, which the governor signed Monday. The conference committee report also included numerous election law changes.

When the Kansas Legislature changed school board and other local elections from April to November of odd-numbered years, it provided that school board members would take office on the second Monday of the following January rather than the first of July. However, it did not change the “organizational meeting” date from the first regularly scheduled meeting in July.

The new law gives the boards the option of holding board officer elections as soon as new members take office in January or waiting until later.

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