Policy 2:70

Board of Education

Vacancies on the Board of Education - Filling Vacancies


Elective office of a member of the Board of Education becomes vacant before the term’s expiration when any of the following occurs:

  1. Death of a member of the Board of Education,
  2. Resignation in writing filed with the Secretary of the Board,
  3. Legal disability,
  4. Conviction of a felony, bribery, perjury, or other infamous crime (i.e. any crime inconsistent with commonly accepted principles of honesty and decency), or of any offense involving a violation of official oath or of a crime against a child,
  5. Removal from office,
  6. The decision of a competent tribunal declaring the member's election void,
  7. Ceasing to be a resident of the District
  8. An illegal conflict of interest, or
  9. Acceptance of a second public office that is incompatible with Board membership.

Filling Vacancies

Whenever a vacancy occurs, the remaining members shall notify the Regional Superintendent of Schools of that vacancy within 5 days after its occurrence and shall fill the vacancy until the next regular board election, at which election a successor shall be elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. However, if the vacancy occurs with less than 868 days remaining in the term, the person so appointed shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term, and no election to fill the vacancy shall be held. Members appointed by the remaining members of the Board to fill vacancies shall meet any residential requirements as specified in the School Code. The Board shall fill the vacancy within 45 days after it occurs by a public vote at a meeting of the Board.

Immediately following a vacancy on the Board, the Board will publicize it and accept résumés from District residents who are interested in filling the vacancy. After reviewing the applications, the Board may invite the prospective candidates for a personal interview to be conducted during duly scheduled closed meetings.

Adopted: October 27, 1997
Revised: November 16, 2015; November 15, 2021