Article - Education
(a) (1) Except
as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Governor shall
appoint the members of each county board from the residents of that
(2) The members
of the following county boards of education shall be selected as follows:
(i) The Baltimore
City Board of School Commissioners in accordance with § 3–108.1
of this subtitle;
(ii) The Harford
County Board of Education in accordance with § 3–6A–01
of this title;
(iii) The Caroline
County Board of Education in accordance with § 3–3A–02
of this title;
(iv) The Anne Arundel
County Board of Education in accordance with § 3–110 of
this subtitle; and
(v) The county
boards of education in the counties listed in § 3–114 of
this subtitle in accordance with the provisions of that section.
(b) (1) Each
member shall be appointed solely because of character and fitness
and without regard to political affiliation.
(2) An individual
who is subject to the authority of the county board may not be appointed
to or serve on the county board.
(c) (1) Each
member serves for a term of 5 years beginning July 1 after the member’s
appointment and until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
(2) The Governor
shall appoint a new member to fill any vacancy on an appointed board
for the remainder of that term and until a successor is appointed
(3) Unless otherwise
disqualified under this section, a member of a board is eligible for
reappointment. However, an individual may not serve for more than
2 consecutive terms.
(d) (1) With
the approval of the Governor, the State Superintendent may remove
any member of a county board appointed under this section for:
(iv) Willful neglect
of duty; or
(v) Failure to
attend, without good cause, at least half of the scheduled meetings
of the board in any one calendar year.
(2) Before removing
a member, the State Superintendent shall send the member a copy of
the charges against him and give him an opportunity within 10 days
to request a hearing.
(3) If the member
requests a hearing within the 10–day period:
(i) The State Superintendent
promptly shall hold a hearing, but a hearing may not be set within
10 days after the State Superintendent sends the member a notice of
the hearing; and
(ii) The member
shall have an opportunity to be heard publicly before the State Superintendent
in his own defense, in person or by counsel.
(4) If a member
who is removed so requests, the State Superintendent shall file with
the clerk of the circuit court for the county from which the member
(i) A complete
statement of all charges made against the member;
(ii) The findings
of the State Superintendent; and
(iii) A complete
record of the proceedings.