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Florida County School Superintendent Appointment, Amendment 5 (1964)

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The Florida County School Superintendent Appointment Amendment, also known as Amendment 5, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 3, 1964.

This amendment modified Article XII of the Florida Constitution to allow for the appointment of the superintendent of public instruction in several counties.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 5 (1964)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 507,445 61.09%
No323,20338.91%

Election results via: Florida Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

NO. 5—CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XII

Appointment or election of County School Superintendent in certain counties—Proposing an amendment to Article XII of the State Constitution providing that the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be appointed by the County Board of Public Instruction in the counties of Escambia, Lake, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Putnam and Seminole wherein the proposition is affirmed by a majority vote of the qualified electors of any such county making the office appointive and providing that any county adopting this proposition may, after four years, return to its former status by the same procedure for adopting it.[2]

Constitutional changes

Section __. County Superintendent of Public Instruction; Appointment in Certain Counties.

(1) The county superintendent of public instruction shall be appointed by the county board of public instruction in the counties of Escambia, Lake, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Putnam and Seminole wherein the proposition is affirmed by a majority vote of the qualified electors of any such county making the office of county superintendent of public instruction appointive.

(2) The board of public instruction of the county must request an election, which may be a special election or may be on the ballot of any regular primary or general election to be designated by the board of public instruction, and upon such timely request the board of county commissioners of such county will call such special election or cause to be placed on the ballot at such other election the proposition whether subsection (1) shall be effective in such county.

(3) Any county adopting the provisions of subsection (1) hereof may after four years return to its former status and reject the provisions of this section by the same procedure outlined in subsection (2) hereof for adopting the provisions thereof in the beginning.

(4) In the event a referendum election results in a change in the method of selecting a county superintendent, the incumbent shall be permitted to serve the remainder of the term of office to which he was duly elected or appointed.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by House Joint Resolution 1045 of 1963.
  • The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on May 29, 1963.[1]

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