Hartselle school board referendum may still proceed

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July 16, 2009

HARTSELLE, Alabama: A split 4-1 vote on a plan to change the way Hartselle chooses school board members doesn’t mean the referendum on the issue is closed. In a letter to Mayor Dwight Tankersley, Rep. Ronald Grantland, D-Hartselle, encouraged the council to set a referendum to allow for an elected school board, a reverse in a long-standing policy that required a unanimous council vote for legislative delegation action.[1]

Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said he’s willing to look at the request and does not rule out holding a referendum.

“It’s definitely open for discussion,” Orr said

There are 67 county school systems and 66 city school systems in Alabama. The county school systems are required by state law to have an elected board. For city school systems, having an elected board is optional. So far, only 20 of the 66 city systems have chosen the elected-board option.[2]

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