Florida Senate - 2018                                    SJR 194
       By Senator Steube
       23-00053-18                                            2018194__
    1                       Senate Joint Resolution                     
    2         A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 4
    3         of Article IX of the State Constitution to limit the
    4         terms of office for a member of a district school
    5         board.
    7  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    9         That the following amendment to Section 4 of Article IX of
   10  the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to
   11  the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next
   12  general election or at an earlier special election specifically
   13  authorized by law for that purpose:
   14                             ARTICLE IX                            
   15                              EDUCATION                            
   16         SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—
   17         (a) Each county shall constitute a school district;
   18  provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the
   19  electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into
   20  one school district. In each school district there shall be a
   21  school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of
   22  the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately
   23  staggered terms of four years, as provided by law.
   24         (b) The school board shall operate, control and supervise
   25  all free public schools within the school district and determine
   26  the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed
   27  herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance
   28  joint educational programs.
   29         (c) A person may not serve as a member of a district school
   30  board for more than two four-year terms. If a member of a
   31  district school board resigns before completing two terms and
   32  subsequently seeks election to the school board, the time served
   33  before resignation shall constitute one four-year term of office
   34  for purposes of determining applicability of this subsection.
   35  Time served as a school board member before the first term to
   36  which a person is elected following the election at which this
   37  subsection is ratified shall be counted in determining two terms
   38  of service.
   39         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be
   40  placed on the ballot:
   41                      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT                     
   42                        ARTICLE IX, SECTION 4                      
   44  SCHOOL BOARD.—Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution
   45  to limit the years of district school board member service to 2
   46  terms; to provide that if a member resigns before completing
   47  such terms and seeks reelection, time served before resignation
   48  shall constitute one 4-year term; and to provide that a member’s
   49  time served before the election at which this amendment is
   50  ratified is counted in determining 2 terms of service.