279.7  Vacancies filled by special election--qualification--tenure.

If a vacancy or vacancies occur among the elective officers or members of a school board and the remaining members of the board have not filled the vacancy within thirty days after the vacancy occurs, or when the board is reduced below a quorum, the secretary of the board, or if there is no secretary, the area education agency administrator, shall call a special election in the district, subdistrict, or subdistricts, as the case may be, to fill the vacancy or vacancies. The county commissioner of elections shall publish the notices required by law for special elections, and the election shall be held not sooner than thirty days nor later than forty days after the thirtieth day following the occurrence of the vacancy. If the secretary fails for more than three days to call an election, the administrator shall call it.

Any appointment by the board to fill any vacancy in an elective office on or after the day notice has been given for a special election to fill such vacancy as provided herein shall be null and void.

In any case of a special election as provided herein to fill a vacancy occurring among the elective officers or members of a school board before the expiration of a full term, the person so elected shall qualify within ten days thereafter in the manner required by section 277.28 and shall hold office for the residue of the unexpired term and until a successor is elected, or appointed, and qualified.

Nomination petitions shall be filed in the manner provided in section 277.4, except that the petitions shall be filed not less than twenty-five days before the date set for the election.

Section History: Early form

  [C51, § 1120; R60, § 2037, 2038, 2079; C73, § 1730, 1738; C97, § 2758, 2771, 2772; S13, § 2758, 2771, 2772; C24, § 4223; C27, 31, 35, § 4223-b1; C39, § 4223.3; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 279.7]

Section History: Recent form

  87 Acts, ch 48, § 1; 89 Acts, ch 136, § 65; 93 Acts, ch 67, § 1

Internal References

  Referred to in § 275.25, 275.41


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