PUB 700441: Define "Free Public Schools" by Steven J. Bracci
ARTICLE IX: EDUCATION, Section 4. School districts; school boards.
- Each county shall constitute
aschool district; provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into one school district.In each school district there shall be a school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately staggered terms of four years, as provided by law.
- The school board shall operate, control and supervise all free public schools within the school district and determine the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance joint educational programs.
ARTICLE IX: EDUCATION, Section 5. Superintendent of schools.
In each school district there shall be a superintendent
of schools who shall be elected at the general election in each year the number of which is a multiple of four for a term of four years; or, when provided by resolution of the district school board, or by special law, approved by vote of the electors, the district school superintendent in any school district shall be employed by the district school board as provided by general law. The resolution or special law may be rescinded or repealed by either procedure after four years.