The Board of Education is composed of the superintendent of schools and seven members elected for staggered four-year terms. Five members represent specific districts and two members serve at-large.
Members of the school board “manage and control” and make decisions on public school operations. Each school board — as a whole — serves as the governing body. Board responsibilities include buying and selling school property; calling elections to authorize a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and bond elections; making policies and rules necessary to govern the school system; reorganization and consolidation of schools; and hiring employees on the recommendation of the superintendent.
Time requirements: The Board of Education meets twice monthly on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month except in April, November and December, when the board meets once a month. Board members also serve on committees, which typically meet before full board sessions. The number of monthly committee meetings varies, but averages about twice a month.
As an elected official, you must be available and responsive to your constituents by phone, email or in person. There’s no way to predict how much time that requires.
- Pay: School board members are paid $300 monthly, plus $100 for each regular, committee or special meeting, up to five per month. Each board member also can be reimbursed up to $375 per month for local travel and office expenses.
- Training: New board members are required to take two days of training through the Georgia School Boards Association. School board members are also required to complete 15 hours of training each year at events sponsored by the school boards association.
- Administration: Board members do not receive direct administrative support. However, the superintendent’s office assists in preparation of documents for review, research and travel arrangements.
Term of Office
Members of the Board of Education serve four-year terms.
Oath of Office
Elected officials must take a loyalty oath stating that you will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Georgia (O.C.G.A. 45-3-1).
Must be a citizen of the United States; have been county resident for at least 12 months before election; and must be a qualified voter. Must reside in the school district and within the election district for which they are a candidate.
Candidates may not be employed by or on the governing board of any private education body; must not be employed by the board of education; and must not work for the state Department of Education or the state Board of Education.
You also must meet state code requirements regarding conviction for election fraud, malfeasance of office, crime of moral turpitude or domestic violence. You must not be in default for any taxes. You must swear to uphold provisions of the Georgia election code and the rules and regulations of the Democratic Party. [See Appendix for complete language.] You may not have been adjudged a “subversive person” as defined in the Sedition and Subversive Activities Act of 1953. (O.C.G.A 21-2-7)
Qualifying is the process of submitting your Declaration of Candidacy and Affidavit and paying the appropriate fee to run for office. The Democratic Party of Glynn County conducts Democratic primary qualifying for county races.
During the qualifying period, candidates submit a Declaration of Candidacy and Affidavit and a check for the 2018 qualifying fee of $108. Candidates for the Board of Education must also sign and submit an AFFIDAVIT FOR LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION. The affidavit affirms that you have read, understand and will abide by the school board code of ethics and that you will abide by provisions for annual training.
Qualifying is conducted by the Democratic Party of Glynn County and takes place at Strom Law Firm, 602 G St., Suite 5, Brunswick, GA 31520. The qualifying period for the 2018 primary election is March 5-9. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5-8 and 9 a.m.-noon on March 9. A designated party official submits the forms and checks for the primaries to the Glynn County Board of Elections.
The BOE will certify the candidates and then provide information and forms for complying with campaign and personal finance requirements. Typically, those forms must be submitted to the BOE within two weeks of certification.
After the state certifies your candidacy, you must submit a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement and forms regarding the raising of campaign funds and establishing a campaign committee within 15 days of qualifying. You may declare that you will not raise more than $2,500, which will exempt you from financial disclosure. [See appendix for examples of forms.]
Forms are available at the Secretary of State’s website and the Glynn County Board of Elections website.