NC House Looks To Shrink Size Of Rockingham School Board
The North Carolina House has adopted legislation that will shrink the Rockingham County Board of Education and make its races partisan. House members approved Rep. Bert Jones’ (R-Caswell, Rockingham) bill 76-38 along mostly party lines.
The News and Record reports House Bill 189 was one of three bills approved Tuesday that will make school board races partisan in four different counties.
The bill reduces the Rockingham County school board from 11 to seven members by 2018. It also creates new districts and makes races partisan as soon as the law is adopted.
Some House members objected to making the school board partisan in arguing about this bill, as well as two others approved Tuesday that affect Cherokee, Rutherford and Stanly counties.
The legislature also recently changed the Guilford County Board of Education to a partisan system, effective in 2016.
House Bill 189 now heads to the Senate, where it has the support of Senate Leader Phil Berger.