Process for Filling Board Seat Announced
The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education has been one member short since the passing of District 1 Representative James Minyard, and a procedure to fill his remaining term has been approved.
Interested parties must submit a statement of application form, a letter of interest, and a resume' to the Superintendent of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education, Dr. Paul McKendrick, Ed.D.
An application packet of information may be obtained at the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education and must be returned to the Central Office by 12:00 p.m. July 24, 2015.
In addition, the Board has released the following guide of Statutory Requirements to Serve on the Board of Education:
Section 4. A candidate for the board of education shall be at least 18 years of age and shall not have a record of conviction for any crime involving moral turpitude. *A candidate for a district member shall have been a resident of the board of education district which he or she seeks to represent on the board for at least 90 consecutive days immediately preceding the deadline for qualifying ads a candidate and shall remain a resident of the district during his or her term. A candidate for chair of the board shall have been a resident of the city for at least 90 consecutive days immediately preceding the deadline date for qualifying as a candidate and shall remain a resident during his or her term. *The qualification fee for the initial election to be held for the selection of the members of the board shall be fifty dollars ($50) for each candidate. Thereafter, each candidate shall pay a qualifying fee in an amount prescribed by the Tuscaloosa City Council. Note: Since there is no election, a qualifying fee is not required.
Under the board-approved process, an individual will be selected to fill the reminder of the District 1 term at the August 3 Called Board Meeting.
For more information on the process to fill the vacancy, see below.
Procedure To Fill Vacant School Board Position
1. Upon receipt of notification that a Board member cannot or will not be able to finish his/her term the Superintendent will advertise for applicants to serve the remainder of that Board member’s term. The process of appointment will be completed within thirty (30) days of the effective date of the Board member’s seat being vacated.
2. Applicants for the vacancy must legally qualify for Board membership and must reside in the same district as the member being replaced. They may apply by submitting a letter of interest and resume to the Superintendent of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education. The Superintendent will forward all applications submitted to each of the Board members.
3. The Board will follow these procedures in the selection process.
3.1. An open meeting will be properly called and noticed for the selection of a replacement Board member.
3.2. Applicants will give an oral statement to the Board as to their personal qualifications and motivation for Board membership. The Board may question the applicants relative to their candidacy. The applicants must remain outside of the Board room until they have had the opportunity to
make a statement and receive questions from the Board.
3.3. The Board will use the following procedures in determining which applicant is selected.
3.3.a. The vote of a majority of the remaining Board members will be needed to elect a new Board member. As soon as one applicant has a majority vote of the remaining Board members he/she will be selected to fill the unexpired term of the vacant position.
3.3.b. Paper ballots will be used, with each Board member’s ballot identified by his/her name. Once each Board member’s vote has been submitted the votes will be announced by the Board’s Chair, identifying by name the vote of each Board member, and the results will be tabulated
by the Board’s Secretary. Each Board member’s vote will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. Ballots will be furnished to the Board members.
3.4.a. Each Board member will vote for their choice to fill the unexpired term of the vacant position.
3.4.b. In the event that none of the applicants obtains a majority vote the Board will vote again, considering only those applicants that received two or more votes. If at any point there is a tie vote among the applicants which effects which applicant(s) will move to the next round of voting,
or if one or fewer applicants receives two (2) or more votes after the initial round of voting, the Board will utilize the tie breaking procedure set forth in section 3.4.d.
3.4.c. If after the second round of voting an applicant still has not obtained a majority vote, the Board will continue to vote, advancing the top two applicants to the next round until such time as one of the applicants receives a majority of the remaining Board members’ votes.
3.4.d. In the event of a tie vote which effects applicant(s) will move to the next round, the Board will vote again, considering only the applicants involved in the tie. The applicant(s) receiving the most votes will advance to the next round.
3.5 The applicant selected will be seated at the next meeting of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education.