The regular terms of school board members shall be for 3 years. School board members elected for regular or unexpired terms shall take office, if they have taken and filed the official oath, on the 4th Monday in April. Elections to fill unexpired terms shall be held simultaneously with the elections for regular terms. In school districts electing members of the school board at large, the regular terms shall be filled by the appropriate number of candidates receiving the highest number of votes and the unexpired terms shall be filled by the appropriate number of candidates receiving the next highest number of votes.
If a school district votes, pursuant to s. 120.02 (4)
to adopt a plan requiring school board members to be elected to numbered seats, the school board shall, at its first meeting after the adoption of such plan, assign a number to each seat on the school board. Thereafter candidates for school board membership shall file as candidates for a particular numbered seat on the school board.
School board meetings. 120.43(1)(1)
Annually, on or within 30 days after the 4th Monday in April, the school board shall elect a school district president, vice president, clerk and treasurer from among its members and a school board secretary who need not be a member of the school board.
The school board shall meet at least once each month and at other times upon the call of the school district president or upon the filing of a request with the school district clerk signed by a majority of the school board members.
Each school board member may be paid an annual salary or an amount fixed by the school board for each school board meeting the member actually attends.
Proceedings of the school board shall be published in accordance with s. 120.11 (4)
History: 1977 c. 418
; 1979 c. 301
; 1983 a. 27
s. 2202 (42)
; 1985 a. 225
; Stats. 1985 s. 120.43.
School board powers and duties. 120.44(1)(1)
A unified school district is a body corporate with the power to sue and be sued, to levy and collect taxes, to acquire, hold and dispose of property and to do all other things reasonable for the performance of its functions in operating a system of public education.
The public schools of a unified school district shall be under the management, control and supervision of a school board. The school board shall have the powers and duties of the school board and annual meeting in a common school district. The officers of a unified school district have the powers and duties of the officers of a common school district. No annual meeting shall be held in a unified school district. The school board shall not, in the name of the school district, issue bonds or incur other indebtedness without approval of the electors of the school district in any instance where the school board of a common school district is not authorized to do so.
History: 1981 c. 20
; 1981 c. 340
; 1983 a. 339
; 1985 a. 225
; Stats. 1985 s. 120.44; 1993 a. 437
; 1995 a. 27
A school district did not incur indebtedness by entering into a lease-purchase agreement for a new school when the district, by electing not to appropriate funds for the following fiscal year's rental payment, had the option to terminate the agreement with no future payment obligation. Deick v. Unified School District of Antigo, 165 Wis. 2d 458
, 477 N.W.2d 613
Section 66.185 [now s. 66.0137] does not prohibit providing health insurance benefits to persons not listed in the statute if authority is granted by other statutes. Sections 120.12, 120.13, and 120.44, broadly construed as required by s. 118.001, grant broad powers, including that of providing insurance to persons not listed in this section. Pritchard v. Madison Metropolitan School District, 2001 WI App 62
, 242 Wis. 2d 301
, 625 N.W.2d 613
School boards have authority to enforce policies that mandate the manner, conditions, and content of police interviews with students on school premises during school hours. 81 Atty. Gen. 126
School board member; refusal of salary. 120.45(1)(a)
“Salary” means the annual salary for a school board member or the amount for each school board meeting the school board member actually attends.
“School board member” includes a school board member-elect.
Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 120.43 (3)
, a school board member may send written notification to the school district clerk and the school district treasurer that the school board member wishes to refuse to accept the salary that he or she is otherwise entitled to receive.
Except as provided in subd. 2. b.
, for the taxable year in which the school board member's election is certified or the board member is appointed under s. 17.26
, the school board member shall send the notification no later than the day on which the board member takes the official oath of office and before the board member performs any services in his or her capacity as a board member. The notification applies only to the taxable year in which the school board member's election is certified.
If the school board member's current taxable year ends within 3 months of the day on which the board member's election is certified or the board member is appointed to the board, the notification applies until the end of his or her next taxable year.
Except as provided in subd. 2.
, a school board member shall send the notification at least 30 days before the start of the school board member's next taxable year and the notification applies only to that taxable year. A school board member may renew his or her refusal by sending a notification annually as provided in this subdivision.
A school board member may not rescind a notification sent under this paragraph.
If a school district clerk and school district treasurer receive a notification under par. (a)
, the school district treasurer may not pay the school board member the salary that he or she is otherwise entitled to receive during the time period to which the notification applies, beginning with the first pay period that commences after the notification applies.
If a school board member's notification no longer applies, the school district treasurer shall pay the school board member any salary that he or she is entitled to receive, beginning with the first pay period that commences after the expiration of the notification.
History: 2017 a. 9