Phenix City voters decide to elect, not appoint school board members

Phenix City voters decide to elect, not appoint school board members
Updated: Aug. 29, 2018 at 1:03 PM EDT
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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Voters in Phenix City weighed in at the polls yesterday on the topic of whether or not school board members should be appointed or elected.

The people of Phenix City overwhelmingly decided they would rather elect their school board members than have them appointed to their positions, with 78 percent of voters in favor of the change.

For years, members of the City Council selected who would serve on the school board.

Now that this referendum has passed, the current members will hold their seats until 2020.

At that point, there will be seven people elected to serve four-year terms and those already in office will have to choose if they would like to be re-elected by the people.

Residents of Phenix City expressed to News Leader 9 about how they felt, some for the change and others against it.

"I think it's really important that we have a say so on what's going on in schools and what we have going on with our children learning things and I think that's really important since we are supposed to be shaping and molding them for a world that's supposed to be better than the one we are leaving them with."-said Nicole Richey/ Child attends Phenix City School

"I know me, myself I'm involved with my daughter but as far as the school board this will be the first time I actually kind of have some say so on who making the polices and what's going on."-said Rodriguez Thomas/ Child attends Phenix City School

Currently, the school board seats are unpaid positions, but now that the referendum has passed, the seven elected seats will be now paid positions.

People in Phenix City still have a little more time to adjust to the change as it will not affect them for the next couple of years

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