On the Ballot: School Board Elections

Columbia, SC (WLTX)- The elections are right around the corner, and although the presidential elections seem to be all that people are talking about, there are several important local races, like the school board, you'll be deciding on too.

If you are in these districts, you can expect to see school board members on your ballot:

Sumter school district, Richland District 1 and 2, Lexington School District 1, Lexington-Richland District 5, Kershaw County School District.

There are 81 school districts state-wide, and the roles of each board can vary from the number of members to the amount of control they hold.

Typically school boards are made up of either 5, 7, or 9 members.

There have three main roles, including hiring a superintendent for the district, setting policies, and approving an annual budget.

Some boards like Lexington 1 have fiscal autonomy, where the board can vote by majority on finances with no overseeing body.

Others...like Richland 1 and 2 have County Council-approved millage rates with no fiscal authority.

Ultimately, these are the elected officials that will be making decisions for your kids, and thousands of others, when it comes to their education.

Keep in mind, you won't be asked to vote for an entire board on your ballot (for example only 3 of the 5 or 4 of the 7 members on the board could be up for re-election.


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