Delegates OK bill to shorten school board terms

March 15, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Howard County bill that would shorten the terms of county school board members from six years to four years won unanimous final approval from the House of Delegates yesterday.

There was no discussion. The bill, originally sponsored by Del. Elizabeth Bobo, now goes to the state Senate.

Bobo's bill would shorten board members' terms as well as increase the board's size from five to seven members. The local Howard County delegation, however, approved an amendment offered by state Sen. Robert H. Kittleman to remove the latter provision. The change is based on recommendations of a citizens panel appointed by the school board last year.

One board seat, held by President Jane B. Schuchardt, will be on the November election ballot. Schuchardt has said she will not seek re-election. Two more seats will be up in 2004 and the other two in 2006.

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