LETTER: School Board Will Be Elected — But How?

December 14, 2012


We would like once more to thank everyone who contributed in any way in our quest to have the school board elected as opposed to appointed.

We were more than pleased at the results of the vote — in fact almost astonished at the great majority who voted in favor. Almost 80 percent of the citizens of Northampton County voted for this change.

The question has now arisen, “what happens now?”

The answer is not clear-cut, as the Code of Virginia has some contradictions in the change-over from an appointed board to an elected one.

The terms of three members of the school board end in June, 2013. Yet they will continue to serve until December 31, as the first election in which the members can be elected will happen in November 2013, when the supervisors from Districts 1, 2, and 3 face election. [Read more…]