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202.4 Vacancies

 Code No. 202.4


A vacancy occurs when a board member resigns, forfeits, or otherwise leaves the office. A vacancy also includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • failure to be properly elected,
  • failure to qualify within the time fixed by law,
  • failure to reside in the school district or director district,
  • a court order declaring the seat vacant,

If a vacancy occurs prior to the expiration of a term of office, the vacancy will be filled by board appointment within 30 days of the vacancy. The newly-appointed board member will hold the position until the next scheduled school election.

If the board is unable to fill a vacancy by appointment within 30 days after the vacancy occurs, the board secretary will call a special election to be held no sooner than 60 days and not later than 70 days after the vacancy occurred. A board member elected at the special election will serve the remaining portion of the unexpired term.

NOTE: This policy reflects Iowa law on what constitutes a board vacancy and the filling of board vacancies.

Legal Reference:
Good v. Crouch, 397 N.W.2d 757 (Iowa 1986).

Board of Directors of Grimes Independent School Dist. v. County Board of
Public Instruction of Polk Co., 257 Iowa 106, 131 N.W.2d 802 (1965).
Board of Directors of Menlo Consol. School Dist. v. Blakesburg, 240 Iowa 910,
36 N.W.2d 751 (1949).
Iowa Code §§ 21.6(3)(d); 69; 277.29-.30; 279.6-.7 (2013).
1944 Op. Att'y Gen. 39.

Cross Reference: 
201     Board of Directors' Elections

202     Board of Directors Members

Approved: 07-09-08

Reviewed: 04-23-14

Revised: 08-13-08