2:070 Vacancies on Board of Education – Filling Vacancies


Elective office of a School Board member becomes vacant before the term’s expiration when any of the following occurs:

  1. Death of the incumbent,
  2. Resignation in writing filed with the Secretary of the Board,
  3. Legal disability,
  4. Conviction of a felony, bribery, perjury, or other infamous crime or of any offense involving a violation of official oath or of a violent crime against a child,
  5. Removal from office,
  6. The decision of a competent tribunal declaring his or her election void,
  7. Ceasing to be an inhabitant of the District or a particular area from which he or she was elected, if the residential requirements contained in the School Code are violated,
  8. An illegal conflict of interest, or
  9. Acceptance of a second public office that is incompatible with Board membership.

Filling Vacancies 

Whenever a vacancy occurs, the remaining members shall notify the Regional Superintendent of Schools of that vacancy within five days after its occurrence and shall fill the vacancy until the next regular board election, at which election a successor shall be elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. However, if the vacancy occurs with less than 868 days remaining in the term or less than 88 days before the next regularly scheduled election, the person so appointed shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term, and no election to fill the vacancy shall be held. Members appointed by the remaining members of the Board to fill vacancies shall meet any residential requirements as specified in the School Code. The Board shall fill the vacancy within 60 days after it occurred by a public vote at a meeting of the Board.

Immediately following a vacancy on the Board, the Board will publicize it and accept résumés from District residents who are interested in filling the vacancy. After reviewing the applications, the Board may invite the prospective candidates for personal interviews to be conducted during duly scheduled closed meetings.

Cross Reference:

2:040 Board Member Qualifications

2:060 Board Member Removal from Office

2:120 Board Member Development

Legal Reference(s):

105 ILCS 5/10-10 and 5/10-11.

Date Adopted:  November 18, 2008

Date Amended:  August 9, 2016

Date Amended:  January 21, 2020