School Governing Boards

Governing Board Member FAQ

How do I become a Governing Board Member?

School district governing board members are selected by voters of the district. Members serve as public officers.

What does a Governing Board do?

Governing boards set goals, hire personnel, and establishes budgets, policies, curriculum, and goals for the district.

What is the pay for a Governing Board Member?

Governing Board Members receive no pay for their services.

What authority does a Governing Board have?

Their authority to make decisions is limited to being a part of a majority vote of the board when it is in session with a quorum present. At other times, governing board members have no more authority regarding the school than any other resident of the district.

How often do Governing Board Members run for election?

Members are elected in even-numbered years. Persons seeking election to the governing board must be registered voters who have lived in the school district for at least one year prior to Election Day and retain residency throughout their term. No employee of a school district or spouse of such employee may be a Governing Board Member. Nominating petitions may be taken out from the County School Superintendent’s office.

How can a Governing Board Member be recalled?

Members of governing boards are subject to recall after six months in office by the qualified electors of the school district. A person or organization intending to file a recall petition against a member of the governing board shall submit an application to the County School Superintendent.

How can I see and agenda or minutes from a Governing Board Meeting?

School district governing boards are subject to Arizona open meeting laws. Notices of meetings, including an agenda of the matters to be discussed or decided, must be available to the public at least 24 hours prior to the meeting, except in the case of an actual emergency. The minutes or a recording shall be open to public inspection three working days after the meeting. The board may hold certain discussions in executive session (not open to the public). Examples include discussions of employment, salaries, and consultations with attorneys for the district. A public vote shall be taken before any legal action binds the school district.

What happens when a Governing Board Member can’t fulfill their term?

Should a board member be unable to complete their term of office, the county school superintendent shall fill this vacancy by appointment. The term of the appointment shall be until the next regular election. If the superintendent deems it in the best interest of the community, he may call a special election to fill the vacancies.


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