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This May, many of the primary ballots will include school board races.Remember that only partisan races with more than one candidate per party are on the primary ballot. In North Carolina, an increasing number of school board elections are partisan, with 35 school boards going to be elected on a partisan basis this year. This will make the primary even more important.

The school board has a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Personnel - the hiring and firing of the superintendent and the approval of teacher contracts
  • Budgetary - setting the budget for the year
  • Real estate - determining where schools should be opened or closed
  • Visionary - setting the overall goals and vision for a school district

Find out if there's a May 8 school board election in your county by going to Vote411, entering your address, then clicking "on your ballot" and following prompts. If there is, you'll see links to candidate's campaign websites and their answers to several relevant questions.

Further information:
Education Week: Partisan School Board Elections a Source of Anxiety for North Carolina
North Carolina School Boards Association

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