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School board term limits on the Nov. 6 ballot

Posted: Updated: Oct 10, 2012 05:39 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On November 6th, the presidential race won't be the only thing on the ballot, Louisiana voters will also decide on a school board proposition. Each school district will get a chance to decide whether their local school board members should have term limits.

Sandie Lolli, president of the Monroe Federation of Teachers, has attended Monroe city school board meetings for 20 years, she says change could be good for the district. "If you bring in someone new, perhaps it brings in new ideas and new life." said Lollie.

The proposition allows voters to impose a three term limit, that's 12 years, for school board members on a parish by parish basis. "You can go from Elementary school to High School in 12 years. So I think if you are going to have an impact on education, 12 years is time enough to do so." said Lollie.

For current school board members, if voted through, the term clock won't start ticking until January 1, 2014.
Opponents of the proposal, who would not talk to us on camera, say experience is important on a school board and forcing a board member into an early retirement isn't fair, but Lolli disagrees.

"It begs the question because the President of the United States has a term limit and senators have term limits, and perhaps maybe it's not a bad idea that a school board member have a term limit." said Lolli.

The proposition was endorsed by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce in April. Only two Louisiana school districts, Jefferson and Lafayette, currently have term limits.

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