CC-C school board to vote on six-year terms


By Jessica Beery • Last Updated 11:01 am on Thursday, March 15, 2012

CARSON CITY  — Like many school districts across the state, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools is taking a look at the length of school board member terms, after recent legislation mandating that school board elections happen only during November elections on even years.
This election change impacts only school board elections and not bond or millage elections. Those elections can still be held on one of the four regular election dates that exist under current law.
This means that all board terms will either be extended for another six months (for terms ending in even years) or 18 months (for terms ending in odd numbers).
However, Interim Superintendent Duane Ellis said there is one other option — changing all board terms to six years.
“This would change a possible mass-turnover on the board,” said President Tom Wilcox during Monday night’s regular meeting, explaining that if terms weren’t switched to six years, three or four members would be up for election in one year.
With six year terms, only two or three board seats would be up for election each time.
“If you look at it a few seconds, it makes sense,” Ellis said, as the board members studied the charts of what their terms would look like if they switched to six years. “Right now it doesn’t look good. But we’re trying to not force board members to serve ‘life sentences,’ if you will.”
Ellis said he recommends that the board think about the situation over the next month and be prepared to vote at the next regular board meet on April 9.
“We have to report back to the state on this in June,” Ellis said.

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