The Florida Union Free School District School Board
The voters of the district elect the members of the board of education to three-year terms of office. Candidates for the board run “at-large” rather than for a specific seat. School board members serve without pay.
The duties of the board of education are set forth in education law. Establishing district policy is one of the most important functions of the board. Ensuring compliance with state and federal mandates, judicial decisions and other regulatory agencies is another required board function.
Each month the board of education holds a work session and a regular meeting. The work session is conducted so members of the board may study an issue or policy prior to taking action at a regular meeting.
Work sessions are typically held on the first Thursday of each month and regular meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month. Board meetings are listed in the district calendar.
Individuals interested in running for the board of education may pick up a nominating petition from the district clerk. The petition requires the signatures of at least 25 eligible voters or 2 percent of the number of district voters on the voting poll list from the last election for board members. Candidacy also requires an individual:
- Must be able to read and write
- Must be a qualified voter of the district; that is, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older, and not adjudged to be an incompetent
- Must be and have been a resident (but need not be a taxpayer) of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election
- May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year
- May not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family
- May not be a current employee of the school board
- May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office