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Governor Signs School Board Vacancies Bill Into Law

Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 325, relating to filling vacancies on a school board of a common, union high, or unified school district, into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 63 last Friday (Oct. 23).

The new law requires school boards to adopt local policies on filling board vacancies and makes a temporary distinction between the Racine Unified School District and all other school districts with regard to how certain school board vacancies may be filled (see below).

Under current law, when a vacancy occurs on the school board of a common, union high school, or unified school district, the remaining school board members may fill the vacancy by appointment. Current law does not provide an alternative method for filling a vacancy and does not address how a vacancy is to be filled in the event that the remaining school board members do not make an appointment.

Assembly Bill 325, as amended, addresses this situation generally by requiring school boards of common, union high school, and unified districts to adopt a policy on how to fill board vacancies if members are unable to settle on a replacement within 60 days of the date on which the vacancy first exists. School boards must adopt such a policy by July 1, 2016.

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Bill Addressing School Board Vacancies Heads to Governor’s Desk

The state Senate gave final approval Tuesday (Oct. 20) to a bill (Assembly Bill 325) that requires school boards to adopt local policies on filling board vacancies and makes a temporary distinction between the Racine Unified School District and all other school districts with regard to how school board vacancies may be filled.  The bill cleared the state Assembly on Sept. 24.

Under current law, when a vacancy occurs on the school board of a common, union high school, or unified school district, the remaining school board members may fill the vacancy by appointment. Current law does not provide an alternative method for filling a vacancy and does not address how a vacancy is to be filled in the event that the remaining school board members do not make an appointment.

Assembly Bill 325, as amended, addresses this situation generally by requiring school boards of common, union high school, and unified districts to adopt a policy on how to fill board vacancies if members are unable to settle on a replacement within 60 days of the date on which the vacancy first exists. School boards must adopt such a policy by July 1, 2016.

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Education Bills on Senate Calendar for Tuesday, October 20

The state Senate’s proposed floor calendar (bills they plan to vote on) for October 20 includes the following education-related bills we have been following:

AB-325 School Board Vacancies (Weatherston, Thomas (R)) Allows the Racine Unified school board president to fill a vacancy on the school board that has existed since June.  Also requires all school boards to adopt a policy on filling vacancies. Read More

SB-254 Achievement Gap Reduction (Olsen, Luther (R)) This bill makes technical corrections to the Achievement Gap Reduction program (formerly SAGE) created in 2015 Wisconsin Act 53.

Education Committee Recommends Board Vacancies Bill to Full Senate

The Senate Committee on Education, chaired by state Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), recommended  a bill (Senate Bill 244) regarding filling school board vacancies be passed by the full Senate.  The vote was 4-3 with GOP Senators supporting and Democrats opposing.  The Assembly companion bill (Assembly Bill 325) has already been approved by that house. Continue reading Education Committee Recommends Board Vacancies Bill to Full Senate

Education Committee Schedules Vote on Filling School Board Vacancies Bill; Hearing on Bill Related to School District Budget Summaries

The Senate Committee on Education, chaired by state Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), has scheduled a committee vote on SB 244 related to filling school board vacancies at 1:00 PM on Sept. 29.  The Assembly version of this bill (AB 325) is expected to be debated by the Assembly tomorrow.

In addition to the vote, the committee will also hold a public hearing on: Continue reading Education Committee Schedules Vote on Filling School Board Vacancies Bill; Hearing on Bill Related to School District Budget Summaries

Legislation on Filling School Board Vacancies Changed Significantly

We posted previously on public hearings held on a pair of companion bills (Senate Bill 244 and Assembly Bill 325) that would allow the school board president to appoint a person to fill a vacancy on the school board if the remaining school board members do not fill the vacancy within 60 days of the date on which the vacancy first occurs.

Since the public hearings were held, the authors of the bills Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Rep. Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) have introduced a pair of companion substitute amendments to these bills that make significant changes.  Under the substitute amendments: Continue reading Legislation on Filling School Board Vacancies Changed Significantly

Bills to Allow School Board Members to Serve as Volunteer Coaches and to Allow Board Presidents to Fill Certain Vacancies Heard This Week

Public hearings were held in the Education committees of each house this week on a pair of companion bills (2015 Senate Bill 217 and 2015 Assembly Bill 299) that would allow a school board member to serve as a volunteer coach or extracurricular activity supervisor.  (WASB supported and helped draft these bills after delegates to the 2015 WASB Delegate Assembly approved what is now WASB Resolution 6.22.)

These bills create a narrow statutory exception to the doctrine of incompatibility of offices that would directly address questions raised by an opinion issued by the former Wisconsin Ethics Board.  That opinion stated that a board member serving as a volunteer coach for the district appears to violate the doctrine of incompatibility.

Both bills were favorably received by both committees and nobody testified against them. Some questions were raised at the Senate hearing, however, suggesting that a minor amendment may be offered at some point.  The Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 217, was voted out of committee on a favorable (6-1) vote late Thursday afternoon and is available for scheduling when the full Senate meets on Wed., Sept. 16.

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