Wicomico County residents overwhelmingly supported an all-elected school board and voted in favor of nine amendments to the county charter in Tuesday’s election. The Board of Education referendum offered three options for selecting members, including one that would have retained the current method in which all seven members are appointed by the governor.
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Option 2 on the ballot was the winner with 51 percent of the vote. The option allows for five members elected by voters within the voters’ council district and two elected at-large members.
Voters cast 25.2 percent of the votes for Option 1, which would have retained all seven Board of Education members appointed by the governor.
Option 3, which would have created a hybrid board of five elected and two appointed members, received 24.1 percent of the vote.
The ballot also included nine local questions for changes to the county charter that will affect how vacancies are filled, reorganizations of county departments, the council’s right to hire its own attorney and the budget process.
All nine amendments were approved by 63 percent to 77 percent of county voters.
The charter amendments define what constitutes a departmental reorganization, clarifies that the council’s attorney is not necessarily the county attorney and puts limits on how long someone may serve as an acting department head.
The amendments also give the council more say in the county’s personnel system and in the budget process.
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