Max Shapiro, in a comment on yesterday’s post, raised a very salient point on the issue of electing school board members. It appears that legislation is absolutely required to actually elect the members. A search through the Norfolk charter and code reveals that Max is correct: there is virtually no references to the school board within and the few that are there, including the one Max cited, mentions nothing about how they are selected or their terms.
Recall last year that the terms of the appointed school board members was increased to three years (previously two years). Section 22.1-51 was updated (pdf of bill showing changes is here) to reflect that change. It appears this section needs to be repealed; I can find no proposed legislation that would do this. Without repeal, the subsequent sections – in particular § 22.1-57.3 – may not apply.
The City Attorney needs to get on this ASAP. Separately, they need a bill on the transition of the board members – for reference purposes, they can crib the one in Virginia Beach’s code (Chapter 16, Secs. 16.02 and 16.04).