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Carroll ballot question to address BOE term limits

Voters in Carroll County will have an opportunity to weigh in on whether they think school board members should be subject to term limits this November when they cast their ballots in the presidential election.

A question on the ballot will ask Carroll residents whether they agree with a law approved by the General Assembly this year restricting Carroll County Board of Education members to a maximum of two consecutive 4-year terms on the board.

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Right now, the five voting members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms without a limit on the number of terms a member can serve.

If passed, the limits would only be imposed on future board members, not those currently being served or the two new members elected this fall.

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The legislation was proposed earlier this year by Del. Haven Shoemaker, R-District 5. At the time, Shoemaker pitched the term limits as a way to create continuity between the school board and the Board of Commissioners, which operates under the same term limit proposed for the school board. The limit would also, Shoemaker said, empower board members to make tough decisions in a timely matter.

The law must pass the referendum vote in order to take effect in the county.

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