North Adams elected board is handed approval by state

    By the end of 2012, the number of appointed school boards will decrease from 15 to at least 13  following action this week by the Indiana Department of Education which approved a request from the North Adams Community Schools to have an elected school board.
    The non-partisan election will initially have four seats on the North Adams up for a vote next November. Two of those four seats will be occupied by new members while the other two will be replacements of current board members whose terms expire next fall.
    North Adams school board attorney Scott Ainsworth reported the state board of education unanimously approved the North Adams request along with one other from the western part of the state. He said there was very little discussion about the proposal and the entire procedure took less than five minutes.
    Ainsworth said North Adams officials should receive official notification from the state in the near future.
    Ainsworth said the key components of the plan call for a seven-member, non-partisan board (currently the board has five members) with both rural and city districts. Three members will be elected from each district and one member will be an at-large post. The terms will overlap and be staggered  so that all seven positions will not be up for election in any given year.