Tuesday the Senate passed House Bill 32, which requires school boards to appoint replacements for elected school chiefs who leave office within the next two years, rather than holding a new election. Last year lawmakers passed a measure requiring all superintendents in the state be appointed starting Jan. 1, 2019. But a “technical change” was needed because the law did not address what should happen in the event that an elected superintendent left office before the term expired.
House Education Chairman John Moore said the oversight was realized amid the resignation of an elected superintendent in Webster County. Jack Treloar stepped down Dec. 31. The cost for a special election for the district was estimated to be $60,000. Bill proponents said allowing school boards to appoint replacements ahead of 2019 could free up funds that otherwise would be used in a special election.