AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE ELECTION OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE OF THE CITY OF LAWRENCE.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Subsection 5.1 of section 1 of chapter 425 of the acts
of 1983 is hereby amended by
striking out paragraph (a) and inserting in place thereof the following
- There shall be a school committee consisting of
which shall exercise general management and control of the public schools of
city. Six of these members, to be known as district members, shall be
and elected by and from the voters of the six districts, one district member to
be elected from each such district. The Mayor shall serve as the seventh
of the school committee and as its chairman with full power to vote.
Said subsection 5.1 of said section 1 of said
chapter 425 is hereby further amended by
striking out paragraph (c) and inserting in place thereof the following
Election and Term
- The term of office of all members of the
school committee provided for in section 1
shall be for two years beginning at 7:00 o'clock in the evening on the first
secular day in January following their election and shall continue until their
successors have been chosen and qualified.
The first election of the six district members of the
school committee of the city of Lawrence as provided in paragraph (a) of
subsection 5.1 of section 5 of the charter for said city
place during the regularly scheduled general annual elections to be held in the
The boundaries of the six school committee districts of
the city of Lawrence shall
established by the city council no later than 75 days after the city of
receives the official 2000 decennial census information for said city
from the United States Bureau of the Census.
During the 75 day period referred to in section 4, the
council of the city of Lawrence shall hold a public hearing for the purpose of
receiving the guidance
the inhabitants of the city on the school committee system and its
compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, and the one
vote principle of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United
States based on the population data
in the 2000 decennial census. The city council shall also during the 75 day
period consult with the attorneys for the United States in the case entitled
United States v. City of Lawrence
, Civil Action No. 98-12256-WGY, in
solicit the United States' views on the school committee system which comply
the act and the one person one vote principle of the Fourteenth Amendment based
on the population data contained in the 2000 decennial census. Where it deems
advisable, the city council shall also consult with any experts on the act,
apportionment and districting for the purpose of seeking guidance on adopting a
school committee system which complies with the act and the one person one vote
principle of the Fourteenth Amendment.
This act shall take effect upon its passage.