It takes only about 400 votes to get elected to a Delaware school board. That's close to 1 percent of eligible voters! Once elected, Delaware's local school board members are given five-year terms.
This 5-year term length is longer than other elected positions (Delaware state representatives get 2-year terms and state senators get 4-year terms) and makes it hard to ensure school board members are accountable to the constituencies they serve.
House Bill 278 introduced by Representative Paul Baumbach shortens the term length for board members from five years to four years. The goal is to increase board member's accountability to local constituents and give the community more opportunities to elect the candidates they want.